Born in Chicago in 1992, violoncellist Gabriel Cabezas has been portrayed as “…an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” (David Stabler, The Oregonian) and his debut performance with The Cleveland Orchestra described as a “…remarkably poised and elegant account, with superb attention to phrasing, nuance and tonal coloration” (Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer).
Cabezas has performed as a guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Nashville Symphony, the Rackham Symphony Choir and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, among others. In February 2007, Cabezas released “Moyugba Orisha,” his first compact disc with Portuguese pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David featuring a collection of Latin American works for violoncello and piano on the White Pine recording label. In March 2007, Cabezas’ first orchestral work entitled “March” premiered by the Northbrook Symphony under the direction of Lawrence Rapchak.
A zealous chamber musician, Cabezas has performed with artist Béla Fleck in the televised program “From The Top – Live from Carnegie Hall” and with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra at “The Sphinx Gala Concert,” both at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has made appearances on the National Public Radio (NPR) programs “From The Top,” New York’s “Bargemusic” and Chicago’s WFMT 98.7’s “Introductions,” as well as performances in Chicago’s “Nichols Concert Hall’s Performance Series,” “Music in the Loft,” “Exploring Music Live with Bill McLaughlin” and “The Northeastern Illinois University’s Music Series.” Also, Cabezas has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Arts with the Music Institute of Chicago’s “Stars of the Academy” tour in the spring of 2009. Most recently, Cabezas collaborated with violoncellist Yo-Yo Ma at PBS' "The Tavis Smiley Show" and ABC's "Good Morning America."
Cabezas is the recipient of the First Prize Award of the 2008 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions, the winner of the First Prize of the Low Strings Concerto Competition of the 2008 Aspen Music Festival and School, as well as the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Junior Division of the 2008 Fischoff Chamber Music National Competition (The Quartet Polaris). Also, Cabezas is the First Prize Laureate of the Junior Division of the 2006 Sphinx National Competition as well as the Senior Division 2012 Sphinx Competition, the Overall Performance Winner of the Midwest Young Artists Open Division of the 2005 Walgreens National Competition, the Bronze Medal Winner of the Junior Division of the 2005 Fischoff Chamber Music National Competition (BAM String Quartet), and the Overall Performance Winner of the Midwest Young Artists Junior Division of the 2004 Walgreens National Competition. He also received “The María Isabel Prieto Award” at the Fifth Carlos Prieto Violoncello International Competition for his “extraordinary talent and magnificent performances.”
A recipient of an Education Grant by The Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, Cabezas also supports and participates in community outreach programs for the youth through entities such as The Institute of Learning, Access and Training of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Sphinx Organization and From The Top in the United States, and the Programa Nacional de Educación Musical (SINEM) of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud / Ministry of Culture and Youth in Costa Rica. Recently, Cabezas joined Midori's Partners in Performance - Young Artists Series, a new community outreach program in the United States.
Cabezas is the Dr. Bobby Ellen Kimbal Annual Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studies under the tutelage of Artist Faculty Carter Brey. In the past, Cabezas studied with Professor Hans J. Jensen. Cabezas plays a distinctive violoncello crafted in 1934 by Chicago's legendary luthier Carl G. Becker.