May 2018 Meeting: Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 7:00 PM

Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center, 311 West 43rd Street, 8th floor

Memories from my Grandfather
If not for the insistence of Andrés Segovia, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco may never have written for the guitar. Today, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s guitar compositions are among his most celebrated works. Diana reflects on this extraordinary friendship, her grandfather’s admiration for Spanish culture, and the importance of the guitar for the composer during his American years.

The presentation will be followed by our Open Mic. Sign up in advance to play — see the Member Events page for details. NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests, and are supported by a generous grant from the D’Addario Foundation.

Born in Los Angeles, Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco grew up near the California home of her grandfather, composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and her grandmother, Clara. Diana studied art history and Italian at Smith College in Massachusetts before settling in New York City. In tandem with career in communications, Diana dedicates herself to making her grandfather’s vast catalog of compositions more accessible to performers, scholars, and the general public. In 2015, the Castelnuovo-Tedesco family began a collaboration with Edizioni Curci ( and the Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica (CIDIM) to publish a number of works for the first time, including vocal, chamber, and piano music. In addition, Diana continues to augment the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., which encompasses more than 7,000 documents, including hundreds of original musical manuscripts. Diana has been honored to participate in conferences and seminars in the United States and in Italy that have explored different aspects of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s music, life, and legacy. In 2016, Diana, her sister, and cousins accepted the Mi Ricordo (I Remember) Award from the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles on behalf of their grandfather.