- 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.