Since 2009, Donato Cabrera has been resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, where he works closely with music director Michael Tilson omas and frequently conducts the orchestra throughout the year.
He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009 on twenty-four hours’ notice. Cabrera also has been the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) since 2009. e SFSYO’s 2012 European tour won the 2011–12 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American Music on Foreign Tours.
In 2014, Cabrera was appointed music director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra expanded its 2015–16 season from eleven to nineteen concerts, including ve Sunday matinees.
Since Cabrera’s appointment as music director of the California Symphony in 2013, the organization has been reinvigorated. With its increased subscription programs and an expan- sion of concerts to three new venues around the Bay Area, the California Symphony and Cabrera are rede ning what it means to be an orchestra in the twenty- rst century. rough the orchestra’s celebrated Young American Composer in Residence program, Cabrera has supported the burgeoning careers of composers including D.J. Sparr and Dan Visconti.
A champion of new music, Donato Cabrera was a cofounder of the New York–based American Contemporary Music Ensemble. He made his Carnegie Hall debut leading the world premiere of Mark Grey’s Ătash Sorushān, and in 2010 he stepped in on short notice for acclaimed British composer, conductor, and pianist omas Adès to conduct the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
In 2002, Cabrera was a Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellow at the Salzburg Festival. He has served as assistant conductor at the Ravinia, Spoleto (Italy), and Aspen music festivals, and as resident conductor at the Music Academy of the West. He also has been an assistant conductor for productions at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. From 2005 to 2008, he was associate conductor of the San Francisco Opera, and he made his debut with the San Francisco Ballet in 2009. at same year, Cabrera was invited to participate in the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, where he led the Nashville Symphony. He was the rehearsal and cover conductor for the Met’s production and DVD release of Doctor Atomic, which won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.
In 2010, Donato Cabrera was recognized by the consulate general of Mexico in San Francisco as a Luminary of the Friends of Mexico Honorary Committee for his contributions to promoting the presence of the Mexican community in the Bay Area. He holds degrees from the University of Nevada and the University of Illinois, and he also has pursued graduate studies in conducting at Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music.
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This group, firmly led by the conductor Donato Cabrera, included a number of members of the National Symphony Orchestra, and did yeoman service through a challenging evening. Particular kudos go to the cellist Rachel Young, who played in all five pieces, including a solo turn in "Sit and Dance, for Baroque Cello and Electronics," an impassioned if slightly unfocused piece by Molly Joyce.
Bates and the Kennedy Center have learned how to work together this year: from a technical standpoint, this was the smoothest and tightest of the three KC Jukebox concerts. After five Bates performances in six days - starting with a chamber performance for the S&R Foundation last Wednesday - Washington may have been suffering from some measure of Bates fatigue; the hall was not as full as it was for the first two KC Jukebox concerts. Still, the experiment is worthwhile; I wouldn't claim Bates has found a silver bullet for successful new-music presentations, but I've enjoyed the series so far, bumps and all, and look forward to seeing what it will offer next year - over five concerts."