Diane Grubbe has appeared as a soloist with the Siena Music Festival in Italy, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, L’Orchestre de Notre Dame in San Francisco and the Calabasas Chamber Orchestra in Southern California, with whom she recorded the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto for their CD The Baroque Concerto.

Chamber Music

Since 2004, Diane has been the flautista in Quinteto Latino, the Bay Area wind quintet specializing in classical music from Latin America. An active chamber musician, Diane has also performed on the East Coast and in Europe with The Elysium Art Ensemble, a mixed-instrument group which she co-founded.


As an orchestra flutist, Diane performs regularly with Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera and also freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area appearing with regional orchestras including Symphony Silicon Valley, Lamplighters, Lyric Opera and Festival Opera.

The premiere of composer/guitarist Giovanni Piacentini’s Los Murmullos at the Mex-I-Am festival, San Francisco 2015.

Contemporary/New Music

Drawn to the evolving tonal possibilities of the flute, Diane enjoys studying and performing contemporary works. Notable performances include the US premiere of John Wolf Brennan’s solo flute piece, Drei ver-flix-te Stücke and appearances in the Bay Area retrospective of Pauline Oliveros’ work where she performed Trio for Flute, Piano and Page Turner with Sarah Cahill and Monique Buzzarté. She often performs with the contemporary music ensemble sfSoundGroup and has been a guest performer with Earplay, Eco Ensemble, Santa Cruz New Music Works and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.


Diane appears on a number of recordings, as soloist and in ensemble.

  • 100 Years of Mexican Music for Wind Quintet with Quinteto Latino
  • Oxbow, The Narcotic Story
  • Michael Bannett’s Beautiful Soup
  • Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Canciones de Alabanza
  • Laura Sullivan’s Mystical America
  • The Baroque Concerto with the Calabasas Chamber Orchestra


Diane is a graduate of San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her instructors have included Paul Renzi, Lloyd Gowen and Tim Day of the San Francisco Symphony. She has performed in masterclasses with Julius Baker, Heinz Holliger, Robert Stallman and Robert Dick.