Donato Cabrera named music director of California Symphony

Posted on: June 25, 2013

In Monday’s (6/24) Contra Costa Times, Sue Gilmore reports that San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor Donato Cabrera has been named to an additional post as music director of the California Symphony, based in Walnut Creek. “Cabrera’s appointment effectively closes the arc on a rudderless period for the 27-year-old orchestra that began with the abrupt firing of founding music director Barry Jekowsky in the fall of 2010 …  Born in Pasadena and raised in Las Vegas and Reno, Cabrera, 40, studied at the University of Nevada, the University of Illinois, Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music before making his professional debut with the Reno Chamber Orchestra in 1997. A recipient of a Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship, he was associate conductor of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra from 2005-2008 and has guest conducted all over the world. In addition to his current position in San Francisco, which includes conducting its Youth Orchestra, he is music director of the Green Bay [Symphony] Orchestra in Wisconsin and recently became music director of the New Hampshire Music Festival—all duties he will retain.” Tom Overhoff, board president of the California Symphony, “said that Cabrera was the unanimous choice of the seven-member search committee, which included three orchestra players.”

Posted June 25, 2013