Diana Dunnavant maintains a diverse performance schedule ranging from orchestral and chamber music performances to solo recitals and special occasions. Dunnavant made her debut as Guest Soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Richmond, Virginia at the age of sixteen under the baton of Eckart Preu. Since her premier, Diana has worked with noted conductors, such as Lorin Maazel, Marin Alsop, Rossen Milanov, James Gaffigan, and Steven Smith, and noted composers, such as Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Erik Santos and Jean-Michel Damase.
Diana Dunnavant has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, Academy of the Vocal Arts Opera Orchestra, and the Pierre Monteux Orchestra. In April 2013, Diana had the opportunity to play the Bartok Violin Concerto with Midori and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2009, she participated in the film project Creative Campus for Philadelphia’s NPR station WHYY, a program dedicated to promoting talented artists in the greater Delaware Valley. In February of 2008, Diana participated in the world premier and recording of Evan Chamber’s ground breaking symphonic work, The Old Burying Ground, with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Diana Dunnavant is a recipient of a Masters of Music in Harp Performance from Temple University under the tutelage of Elizabeth Hainen, Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2008, she also received a Bachelors of Music in Harp Performance from the University of Michigan from renowned pedagogue, Lynne Aspnes. In 2006-2007, she studied with Isabelle Perrin at the prestigious École Normale de Musique in Paris, France. Dunnavant has attended the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians, the Saratoga Harp Colony, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony in Camden, Maine with the late Alice Chalifoux of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Diana Dunnavant is the Manager of Marketing & Controls for the Virginia Harp Center, Inc. and the Atlanta Harp Center, LLC and maintains a private teaching studio in Williamsburg, Virginia. She regularly performs throughout the Tidewater and greater Richmond area.