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Diana Burgess is a cellist, educator and composer based in Austin, TX. Diana holds a Bachelor's of Music in Cello Performance at UT Austin and focuses primarily on writing, performing, touring and collaborating with artists in a variety of genres.


Since 2010 Diana has been a member of Austin orchestral pop band Mother Falcon, and with the group has toured throughout the United States and Canada, performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, and collaborated with artists including Ben Sollee, Kaki King, Amanda Palmer, Todd Reynolds, and Gina Chavez. In addition to performing, Diana contributes to the writing process in Mother Falcon, most notably in the creation of an original score for their collaboration with Glass Half Full Theater in a production of Petra and the Wolf, a Texas-based adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, which began touring the US in 2017.


Diana is the co-founder, outreach director and cello teacher for the Mother Falcon Music Lab, a unique music education program encouraging young musicians to discover their creative voice through collaborative songwriting.


As a solo artist, Diana creates lush, haunting songs featuring layered vocals, cellos, tenor guitars and more. Her debut album You Run was released in 2020, and was featured on NPR Music's All Songs Considered. 

Diana's next album, Menagerie (releasing fall 2024) is an all instrumental album. Each composition is inspired by a different North American animal, including mountain lions, raccoons, armadillos and more. Another project, called Small Sounds is a series of short instrumental pieces scored to videos of natural phenomena (flora, fauna, water, clouds, etc.) The music features unique instrumentation including cello, charango, kalimba and found sounds.

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