Professional Bio

Education
  • Artist Certificate, Southern Methodist University
  • Master's of Music performance, University of Oklahoma
  • Bachelor's of Music performance, University of Oklahoma

Matthew "Diek" Diekman, violist, began playing violin at a very young age to compete with his musical siblings. After entering college, he met the legendary Wayne Crouse, former principal violist of the Houston Symphony and was convinced to make the switch to viola. Diek has performed professionally with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic, Dallas Opera, Sarasota Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, and he has served as Principal Violist of the Tucson Symphony, Principal Violist of the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Principal Violist of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio. He was a founding member of the Crouse Quartet (Oklahoma), a string quartet named after his former teacher, is a member of the Walden Chamber Music Society (Colorado) and has participated in many summer festivals across the country, such as the Aspen Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Brevard Advanced Chamber Music Program, and he has been the principal violist of the Utah Festival Opera Company. 

As a chamber musician, he has been invited to perform with the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Olmos Ensemble, Musical Offerings, Austin Chamber Music Society and others. Diek has studied with the principal violists of many of our nation's top orchestras, such as the Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is an active and enthusiastic music teacher to all ages, and enjoys a healthy freelance career as well. Perhaps his greatest musical honor is to own and perform on the very instrument on which his former teacher (Crouse) built his illustrious career.



Community Involvment & Service

As an educator, Diek is a Master Mentor at Denver School of the Arts, and is a regular clinician in many school orchestra programs in the Denver metro area. He officiates auditions and competitions, and he is a proponent of the concept ìexperience economyî in music, demonstrated by his PEAK PERFORMANCE mountain-top exhibitions and other unexpected public viola performances.

Extracurricular Activities

Outside of music, Diek has a slew of passions: As an outdoorsman he has been to many hard-to-reach backcountry locations in the U.S. National Parks system by foot, climbed nearly 30 of Colorado's 14,000 ft. mountains (and counting!), hiked the Grand Canyon twice, through-hiked Zionís famous Narrows slot canyons, and many other natural highlights. An avid adventure motorcyclist (all-terrain), he explores the back roads and trails of our fantastic country, specifically the Wild West, often carrying along a special ìall-terrainî carbon fiber viola on his back to perform for unlikely people in unlikely places. Also, a talented and prolific photographer and independent film-maker, his comical ìViola-Maticî series on Youtube has garnered over 150,000 views while his Western film ìUpon the Awful Treeî (with an award-winning full orchestra soundtrack) has premiered on the big-screen. He always has another project up his sleeve!