Diego Rocha (b. 1996 in Boulder, Colorado) writes music of uncompromising emotional intensity while exploring cognition, randomness, rhythm and counterpoint within post-tonal frameworks. He writes for all manner of performing forces instrumental, vocal and electronic. His work, Replier, was chosen as the winner of the 2020 New England Philharmonic annual call-for-scores. Diego has also received honors from ASCAP, OM/NI Composition Competition and Tenebrae New Music Ensemble. He has worked with numerous ensembles including DeCoda, loadbang, Brentano String Quartet, Castle of our Skins, Transient Canvas, Hypercube, arx duo, Duo Entre-Nous, Tenebrae New Music Ensemble, the Sunderman Wind Quintet, the Sunderman Conservatory Orchestra and Wind Symphony, and the Atlantic Music Festival New Music Ensemble and Orchestra as well as numerous solo performers.
Diego is currently pursuing a master’s degree in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory as a Chancellor’s Scholar and recipient of Elsberry & Gonder Family and Conservatory scholarships. While attending, he has studied with Chen Yi, Yotam Haber, Paul Rudy and Zhou Long. Rocha was also the 2019 composer-in-residence for the Graduate Fellowship String Quartet. He completed his undergraduate work at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College in 2019, receiving a BA in Music with Honors as a Wagnild Scholar and studying composition with Avner Dorman. He has attended the Atlantic Music Festival and Divergent Studio and the Hypercube Composition Lab as a composer, studying and taking master classes with composers such as Hannah Lash, George Tsontakis, Richard Danielpour, Aaron Helgeson, Amy Beth Kirsten, and David Serkin Ludwig, among others. Besides composing, Diego is also an avid trombonist and conductor, having performed with numerous symphony orchestras, wind ensembles and jazz groups.