Stuart Diamond

As a composer, musician, videographer and writer, Stuart Diamond has created a vision of art that fuses electronic media and words with music. Early in his career he received a grant from The Criterion Foundation that supported him for six years, for the sole purpose of writing, creating and performing contemporary classical and electronic music.  

In conjunction with The Criterion Foundation, Mr. Diamond produced new music concert series at The Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space in New York. He also was the director of Criterion's International Grants Program, supporting the music of young composer's in America, Europe and Israel. During this period Criterion commissioned important “cross-over” works by Dave Brubeck, John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet (the first jazz work for the Kronos String Quartet), and the last commission of Paul Ben-Haim, the foundational composer of modern Israeli music.

Diamond was one of the first musicians to play the Lyricon, the original wind synthesizer. The Lyricon transforms a performer's breath and embouchure pressures into electrical voltages that control the dynamic parameters of a synthesizer. His ensemble "Electric Diamond," has been performing continuously since 1977, presenting live classical electronic music concerts nationally and internationally. The ensemble has performed at a wide range of venues, including major concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Manhattan Center), universities (Stanford, Berkeley, MIT), museums (Guggenheim, Liberty Science Center), clubs (The Rainbow Room, Gildersleeves), the radio (Bob Sherman’s “Listening Room”, John Schaeffer’s “New Sounds”, “Hearts of Space”) and major outdoor events, including the pre-fireworks show for the Macy’s 4th of July celebration in New York Harbor.  Its repertoire covers original works, improvisations, and a wide spectrum of classical music from Medieval, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras. 

Diamond has created numerous works in all medium, including symphonic and chamber music, theater, dance, television, film, video and web-based programs. He has written for a diverse range of artists and organizations, including Kronos String Quartet, Metropolitan Opera star Elinor Ross, Israeli cellist Simca Heled and Max Polikoff. He has been commissioned and written works for the SLC Orchestra, Topango Symphony, Ensemble Arte Viva de la Sorbonne Paris, the Meadows Chamber Orchestra, PS 122, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, and The Guggenheim Museum.

Diamond is also a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.  Under the auspices of the Council of Independent Colleges, he conducts weeklong residencies on music, art and new media at liberal arts colleges around the country - Radford University, Alma College, Lindsay Wilson College, Emerson College, Lake Erie College, and Centenary College.

Mr. Diamond graduated from Haverford College (Honors and Phi Beta Kappa) with degrees in music and philosophy and received a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.