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Diego Lyra is a Brazilian pianist/composer currently living in Louisville, KY. He earned a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition and Performance from University of Louisville (2014) and a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from West Virginia University (2012).

As a pianist, Mr. Lyra performs actively in the Louisville area with the jazz community greats including Jamey Aebersold, Dick Sisto, Mike Hyman, Hunt Butler, Tyrone Wheeler, Tim Whalen, Mike Tracy, and many of UofL’s faculty. Diego won the second prize in the WV Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Festival’s Competition in the jazz piano category (2012). Mr. Lyra had the honor to be selected to attended the prestigious Ravinia Steans Music Institute - Program for Jazz in 2014 where he received instructed in performance and composition by Rufus Reid, David Baker, Curtis Fuller and Nathan Davis. Diego has also studied or attended jazz piano master classes with Dr. James Miltenberger, Chris Fitzgerald, Harold Danko, Stefan Karlsson, Dan Tepfer, Andy LaVerne and Hal Galper, among many others.

As an arranger/composer, Diego studied under the tutelage of legendary jazz composer and arranger John LaBarbera while at UofL. He has also studied or attended master classes with Alan Baylock, Mike Tomaro, Amina Figarova and Alan Broadbent, among others. His composition "Frevo Freilach" won second prize in the KCO Composition Competition in 2014. His composition “Beyond the Horizon” is the title track for the 2015 UofL Jazz Faculty Album.

He has recorded and performed with Australian bass player Luke McIntosh, guitarist Brandon Coleman, Anomaly quartet (co-founder), The Bluesbenders, Anderson Pessoa (Brazil), Lucitania Egg Verotti (Brazil) and Thomaz Souza (Brazil). In addition, Diego recorded and acted as mixing and mastering engineer for professional national and international album releases.