Tomás Díaz Villegas (1990), composer and guitarist, is currently completing his PhD in instrumental composition at the University of Montreal with Ana Sokolović. His music has been performed by various ensembles (NEM, NEO, CG, Taller Sonoro, Periscopio, EMCUC) as well as by soloists (Javier Vinasco, Stephen Eckert).
Additionally he has participated in several events, such as the Orford Academy (2020), the CiMa Festival (Manizales, 2019 and 2017), the Composition Days of the CCMC (Bogotá, 2018), the Second International Festival of String Quartets (Bogotá, 2016), among others. His current projects include a new composition for Emma Schmiedecke (cello), one for the Cobalt String Quartet and a residence with the orchestra of the Higher Institute of Music of the State of Veracruz (Mexico).
Furthermore, Díaz Villegas has received scholarships from numerous institutions, including the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal (graduate scholarship, 2019 and 2020), Idartes (residency in Bogotá, 2017), Ibermúsicas (residency in Mexico, 2016) and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia (internship at the National Library, 2016). He has studied with Marco Alunno, Andrés Posada, Rodolfo Acosta and Leonardo Coral, and has taken master classes with Marcos Franciosi, Hannah Lash, Javier Álvarez, Snežana Nešić, Gabriela Ortiz, Leon Gurvitch and Georges Dimitrov.