DONATO CABRERA has been appointed assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, effective in September 2009. Currently an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Ballet, Cabrera made his SFS debut as a guest conductor in April of this year. He has also worked with musicians of the SFSYO in rehearsal and as a judge in its annual concerto competition. This spring he was one of eight conductors participating in the League of American Orchestras’ Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in Nashville. From 2002 to 2008 Cabrera was associate conductor of the San Francisco Opera. He is a co-founder and past music director of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has served as assistant conductor of the Ravinia, Aspen, and Spoleto (Italy) festivals and as resident conductor at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Cabrera holds degrees from the University of Nevada and the University of Illinois; he has also pursued graduate studies in conducting at Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music.
Posted May 7, 2009
Photo of Donato Cabrera by John Lee Pictures