Diana Salazar is Head of the BMus Programme.
Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in flute and composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Diana went on to complete a PhD in Composition at the University of Manchester, supported by an AHRC scholarship. From 2009 to 2013 she was a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Music at Kingston University London before joining City University London, where she was Lecturer and Senior Tutor in Music from 2013 to 2015. She has extensive experience as an external examiner in music and music technology and as an external adviser and consultant for exam boards and higher education providers including ABRSM, Edexcel, WJEC, Bath Spa University, University of Derby, The Royal College of Music, and The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. From 2013 to 2015 she was Vice-Chair of the Course Board for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and from 2015-19 she was on the committee of the National Association for Music in Higher Education. Diana is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
As Head of the BMus Programme, Dr Salazar oversees delivery of the BMus curriculum and performs a key role in quality enhancement of the course and the BMus student experience. She also teaches across a range of core and option subject areas, including Sonic Arts, Interactive Composition, Researching Music and Culture, Film Music, Music Technology and BMus 4 Research Projects. She welcomes expressions of interest for PhD study in areas of composition, music technology and interdisciplinary practice.
As a composer and sound artist Diana’s practice-led research examines spatial composition and interpretation in electronic music and issues concerning contemporary performance practice and interdisciplinary discourse. She has also published on creative process in collaborative projects and learning and teaching in Higher Education. Her compositional outputs include fixed media (acousmatic) work, work for instruments and electronics, music and dance collaborations, and improvised electronic laptop performance.
Diana’s works are performed regularly both nationally and internationally. Many have been recognised in international competitions, including the Qobuz/Abeille Musique Prize 2013, the Non-classical Remix Prize 2014 and the International Computer Music Association European Regional Award 2015. Selected works have been released on the Elektramusic, Studio PANaroma, SCRIME, Discparc, MisoMusic and Drift Station labels. She has been a composer-in-residence at Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), Sweden; the Destellos Institute, Argentina; the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI), Texas; and Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida.