Violinist Diane Monroe bridges the traditions of classical composition and jazz improvisation. Monroe’s traditional recital “infused with the blues”, presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in the fall of 2005, was received with a standing ovation. Her recital venues also include New York City’s Merkin Hall and Town Hall, Los Angeles’ Schoenberg Hall, and Cleveland’s Severance Recital Hall. Monroe is a Pro Musicis Foundation Recital Sponsorship Award recipient.
Monroe is a Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster artist. She performs her own solo, duo, trio, and quartet projects, and appears as a guest artist with classical & contemporary chamber ensembles, orchestras, and jazz ensembles throughout the United States. Her guest soloist credits include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Zurich Switzerland’s Tonhalle, Alice Tully Hall, the Apollo Theater, and the Kennedy Center. In addition, she is active as a composer, recording artist, and educator.
As a chamber artist, Monroe has performed with Arnold Steinhardt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Cecil Licad. She was a member of the Beaumont String Quartet, and co-founded both the Kasimir String and Amabile Piano Quartets. As a guest, she appears regularly with the Ritz Chamber Players, Lyrica Chamber Players, and the Oregon String Quartet. Monroe has attended the Marlboro, Caramoor, and Sitka chamber music festivals.
As an improviser, she has toured for over a decade as first violinist of the Max Roach Double Quartet and the Uptown String Quartet. She performed extensively as a member of the String Trio of New York, and has performed on stage with renowned jazz artists such as Max Roach, Percy Heath, John Blake, Dave Grusin, Joe Lovano, Reggie Workman, Wycliff Gordon, Uri Caine, Jim Ridl, and Tom Lawton.