Ospa’s Academy of Music Director

Diego Grendene de Souza

Diego Grendene de Souza is a clarinetist for Ospa. He is currently enrolled in a professional master's program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ, under the guidance of Cristiano Alves. He has been both student and teacher at the Pablo Komlós Conservatory. He has also lectured as part of the Sinos Acorda project at Unisinos and lectures in masterclasses and musical festivals all over Brazil.

As director of the Ospa Academy of Music, a position he has held since 2015, he conceived a project called “Ospa Academy in the Community”, which sees student groups perform recitals throughout Porto Alegre and the metropolitan region. The project has already staged over 50 performances in hospitals, schools, homes for the elderly, libraries, etc. He also initiated what is known as Internal Selections, which provides winning students with the opportunity to perform as soloists or members of Ospa during an orchestral season concert. Further, he has encouraged the creation of meetings and masterclasses for a wide array of instruments.