The daughter of accomplished Austrian refugee musicians, Diana Mittler-Battipaglia began studying the piano at the age of 6 under the instruction of her mother, a graduate of the Vienna Conservatory. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from The Juilliard School in 1963 and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance and music education at the Eastman School of Music in 1974. From 1963 to 1986, Dr. Mittler-Battipaglia served as a music teacher, choral director and coordinator at Springfield Gardens Junior High School and Flushing High School and Assistant Principal of Music at Bayside High School in Queens, New York.
In 1986, she was invited to become Professor of Music and Choral Director at Lehman College-CUNY, where she continues to teach and perform. She is also the director and pianist of the chamber music group, the Con Brio Ensemble, which has presented annual series of concerts in the New York City metropolitan area, including the Lincoln Center Library, for the past 40 years.
Dr. Mittler-Battipaglia has served as an examiner for the New York City Board of Education, and consultant and writer for educational projects for WNET and New World Records. From 1964 to 1970, she also served as an accompanist and associate conductor of the Queens Borough–Wide Junior High School Chorus, and from 1979 to 1983, teacher and performer at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. At the age of 11, she began study of the flute, recorded professionally and performed as principal flutist of the Columbia University and the City Symphony while continuing at Juilliard as a piano major.
Among the highlights of her career were performing in Carnegie Hall and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, in a memorial concert honoring her father, Franz Mittler.
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