Presented by: Learning From Performers and Lamont Library
Admission: Free and open to Harvard ID holders only (tickets/RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
Blog post: Read an interview with Daiana on the Harvard Arts Blog
Born in Paraguay, Daiana Ferreira Da Costa is a lawyer and a Cultural Ambassador for her native country, as well as an acclaimed, prize-winning classical guitarist and music teacher. She will discuss her career as a musical artist and perform selections on guitar during this lecture-demonstration.
At the age of four, Daiana Ferreira Da Costa received her first guitar. Inspired by her father, who in his youth was a member of a music band as a singer and guitarist, Da Costa began her musical studies at an early age and today she is a professor of music and professional performer. She has studied in Paraguay with Luis Gonzalez Allen, Violeta De Mestral, Javier Aquino and Felipe Sosa and has conducted master classes internationally and performed in the U.S., Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela.
Highlights of Da Costa’s performance career include concerts and recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), the Foz Palace in Lisbon (Portugal), the Cervantes Institute in Cairo (Egypt) and Paris (France), the Royal Monastery of El Escorial (Spain) and the Bank of Brazil Cultural Center (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
Da Costa has annually represented Paraguay at the International Guitar Festival in Latin America and Europe since 2005, and as a cultural promoter, she has organized several concerts and guitar festivals in Paraguay. She is the recipient of several national and international awards, and in 2015 the Government of Paraguay gave her the title of Cultural and Tourist Ambassador of Paraguay for her artistic work, and issued a postage stamp in her honor.