“An intense player who connects to music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” (The Oregonian), Gabriel Cabezas is one of America’s most sought after young musicians. Combining a superb technique, intellectual curiosity and a pioneering musical spirit, Cabezas is at home in front of an orchestra, performing with a singer-songwriter or sharing the stage with a dance troupe.
Cabezas has appeared as soloist with America’s finest orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, Pittsburgh and Nashville. An enthusiastic chamber musician as well as soloist, Gabriel has performed and toured with artists ranging from bassist Edgar Meyer to songwriter Gabriel Kahane to the musicians of the Marlboro Festival. He is a member of the New York sextet yMusic, hailed by NPR’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music”. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators - from Dirty Projectors to Paul Simon - and more recently inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers. Cabezas is also a co-founder of new music and contemporary dance collective Duende, which focuses on the interaction between performers and dancers in the live realization of new scores.
His first full length album, a recording of Benjamin Britten’s Cello Suites, was recently released on PEOPLE, a new collaborative online streaming platform by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner. In 2016, Gabriel received the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, a career grant awarded to emerging classical artists of color, who, early in their professional career, demonstrate artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, a spirit of determination, and ongoing commitment to leadership. In addition, he is a winner of Astral Artists' 2014 National Auditions and is a member of their roster of musicians. Cabezas studied at the Curtis Institute of Music under Carter Brey.