Gabriel Cabezas, cello

Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois

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Gabriel Cabezas will join From the Top as guest artist on Show 372 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College on May 25, 2019.

Meet Gabriel

Gabe Cabezas appeared on Shows 128, 155, 192, and 217 between the ages of 12 and 17, then returned for a special appearance on Show 372 to perform a world premiere with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra.

Cellist Gabriel 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. He is an alumnus of From the Top. Please visit his website at

Listen to Gabriel

Show 372
The Epic of American Civilization, a Tone Poem for Cello and Orchestra by Noah Luna (b.1984) with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Filippo Ciabatti

Show 217
IV. Allegro Con Moto from Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich

Show 192
The Polaris Quartet (violinist Andrea Jarrett, 17, from Saline, MI; violinist Vince Meklis, 16, from Orland Park, IL; violist Matthew Lipman; and cellist Gabriel Cabezas, 16 from Wilmette, IL) from the Music Institute of Chicago performs V. Allegro Molto from String Quartet No. 4 by Béla Bartók

Show 128, Columbus, GA
The BAM String Quartet (violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Rachel Goldberg, 14, form Palatine, IL; violinist Herah Kim, 13 from Glenview, IL; violist Sean Yeh, 13,from Libertyville, IL; and cellist Gabriel Cabezas, 12, from Wilmette, IL) perform the String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110, II. Allegro molto by Dmitri Shostakovich

Show 155
Sonata in G minor, Op.19 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Show 373, Hanover, NH
IV. Rondo alla Zingarese from Piano Quartet No.1, Op.25 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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