Donato Cabrera

We are honoured to interview the internationally acclaimed American conductor Donato Cabrera this week - this wonderful photo with a hint of orange sunshine is by Anastasia Chernyavsky!

We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What’s yours?

I’ve always loved British Racing Green.

What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?

Remember that the answer to all of the questions asked of you as a conductor will always be found in the music.

How has your practice changed with time?

Studying scores for me has now broadened beyond harmony and form and now includes philosophical and historical concerns.

What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern world?

As it always has been, the ability to reveal the truth is the mark of a great artist. This will never change.

How much time do you spend every day on Facebook, twitter, and which other ways do you use to promote yourself?

I limit social media promotion to about 30 minutes a day.

Donato, where do you find inspiration for concert progamming, which is certainly an art form itself?

Aside from following the concert seasons of all of the great orchestras and conductors, I find inspiration in other art forms, including art exhibitions, dance programs, and novels.

Do you have an all time favorite recording?

I have many, but perhaps the greatest document of a live performance is Wilhelm Furtwängler’s live performance from July 27, 1943 of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture with the Berlin Philharmonic.

One of the greatest studio recordings is Willem Mengelberg’s May 10, 1931 recording of Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

How do you see the classical music audience of the future?

An audience of the future will want to experience a concert that has a little bit of everything, and yet will appreciate it if these seemingly disparate parts make up a whole that will impart something of lasting meaning.

When you want a great cup of coffee you go to…

Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco and Kleines Cafe in Vienna.

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Author: Nina Lucas HELLO STAGE
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