She is a
violinist and teacher who was born to a family who
were active in music and began playing the violin when she was only three
years old. Just a year later
she made her debut concert performance.
She went on to
take studies at the Hartt College of Music and
later in 1976 received a Tanglewood Music Center fellowship after studying with Joseph
Silverstein. He also entered Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude from there
graduated she was offered a position at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and
still performs with them as an orchestra member and soloist in their series
of Prelude Concerts and Supper Concerts among others.
Outside of her
work as second violin with the BSO she has been a soloist with the Boston
Pops Orchestra under the direction of Ronald Feldman and John
Williams. She has also given
performances with various orchestras in New England including the New England Philharmonic.
A sought after
chamber musician and recitalist she has performed at Alaska’s
Fairbanks Summer Music Festival and is a founder member of the
Diaz-Shames-Diaz String Trio.
The trio of three BSO musicians have been resident at the Cape &
Islands Chamber Music Festival and has given several performances at venues
that include Cornell University, the University of Virginia and Washington D.C.’s Cosmos Club.
appeared on recordings that include Hindemith
on Trombone by Ron Barron, Mozart:
violin, viola, violoncello, K. 370, F major and Gerald
Finzi: Interlude, Oboe, Strings, Op. 21.
with the Diaz-Shames-Diaz String Trio.
In the field
of musical education she is a faculty member of the Boston Conservatory.