Well, you’re going somewhere where you
don’t know anything about it. I didn’t know anything about Fresno. So there’s a lot of hesitation to it like where am I going? You know. But then, coming to Fresno and seeing the amazing faculty that they
have in the Music Department. It’s really, really, really pretty nice you know — since I see that so. I love Fresno! I’m proud of being here and getting my
education. I’m Calvin Kelvin Diaz Inoa. I’m a music major. I came to the United States about five years and I went to Philadelphia.
There is the former cellist of the Dali Quartet, he is also from Puerto Rico, and I have always loved playing for him. He’s an amazing musician. I went to study with him in Philadelphia and everything was going great there, but then I met Dr. Lowenheim. When I first met Kelvin in Mammoth Lakes he played
for me in a master class and all I could think is what a huge talent I’m seeing
in front of me, a raw talent, but how undisciplined that talent was. Instead of searching for a school, I was searching more for a professor to help me develop in a technical way, in a musical way, so I can achieve my goals.I met Dr. Loewenheim in a festival at Mammoth Lakes. It was a chamber music festival.
Then I played for him in a master class. He would go in the master class and he would literally be like, ‘your so talented, but you lack this, this, and this. You need to have more discipline with this, and this, and this.’ It was really amazing because I haven’t get that direct approach from somebody else. But you could see
that Calvin is trying very hard to express himself to get a message out, but
it didn’t really come across, and all I could think is I need to help him and I
need to give him a good shake in order to make it realize how much potential
he has and how to get it out so the whole world understands it as well. I grabbed my car, I put all my little things, the little things that I had, and just drove all the way here to study at Fresno State. I immediately got into the program in the Open University. Literally a week later he
drove from Philadelphia to Fresno in his car and spent his last $20 in
Bakersfield — parked the car in the first place and ever since drove with a friend
until he couldn’t afford another $20 to fuel the car again.
I thought that was actually a great sign of somebody who found someone that they
believed in — of somebody who saw an opportunity to grow — of somebody who saw,
who really truly wants to become great. A teacher recognizes the talent but
then if the student also demonstrates an extreme want to learn I think that’s
a great combination of having a student, an economic phenomenal experience
for both the student and the teacher. From a really young age, I love music. I was
about 7-years-old and they made a music program in the school that I was
studying at the time. I told my mom, ‘Hey mom, I really want to play an
instrument.” And my mom was too busy to take me to to the classroom. But then, me
bugging her for months and she put me inside of the school and I
immediately picked the cello and from there, the cello speak to me so well.
The cello has a really unique temper which is really close to the human voice. And that for me is really interesting, and actually, without knowing that, being too small, I actually felt that. I actually felt that there was a connection with the voice, and I wanted to sing when I was little. then from there, I always feel the cello speaks to me — like a human voice — which is interesting. Playing cello, I don’t have to say too many things. Just by playing, by doing a different vibrato, doing a different expression, I can communicate something to the next musician; and that’s really amazing. If he keeps going in the direction that he
willed and it’s going to be up to him to decide which direction his career is — rather than being limited by the options that he had in the past.