Curtis percussion star dies, at 33

Curtis percussion star dies, at 33


norman lebrecht

October 04, 2016

The death has been announced of Jamie Dietz, a gifted percussion player who worked with major orchestras.

From the family notice: 

He received his BSM from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he won The Albert Greenfield Concerto competition of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jamie obtained his MMA and Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music. While at Yale, Jamie was honored with both The Theodore Presser Award and Yale School of Music Dean’s Prize. He completed a Teaching Artist Fellowship with The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Julliard School and The Weill Music Institute.

Jamie’s musical career included solo, orchestral, chamber and ensemble performances, throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He recorded for New Amsterdam, CGA Records & Equilibrium.

Our sympathies to his sorrowing parents.




  • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    Jamie was a gifted performer, a brilliant student musically and academically, and a great friend to his colleagues and teachers. I remember a long chat we had at the end of his studies at Curtis during which he offered constructive comments about his relationship with music and the school he was about to leave. He was a unique young man who left us too soon. Regards and sympathy to his family and many friends.