Born in Spain in 1985, Luis Cabrera begun playing the double bass at the age of 10. After graduating from the Conservatorio Profesional Joaquin Turina, where he studied with Professor Rafael de Frias and later on with Karen Martirossian, he moved to London in 2002 to complete his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Professor Rinat Ibragimov. Luis then completed a master degree at Berlin’s Hans Eisler University under Professor Janne Saksala.
Having received numerous awards and scholarships he became principal double bass of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra of Amsterdam in 2006. Recently he has been invited to play as guest principal double bass with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, where he played under conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur or Bernard Haitink amongst others.
Luis has collaborated with ensembles of different styles such as Arcangelo, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Sinfonietta, or the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquesta Nacional de Espana and other. Very active as a chamber music player, soloist and teacher, these commitments frequently take him to Portugal, France, Germany, Spain (Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid), Italy, Argentina, Mexico, Greece, Peru, Argentina, Hong Kong, to the Netherlands (Het Concertgebouw, Den Haag KonCon) and the UK (Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, LSO St. Luke's).
Luis joined the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s teaching staff in 2012 and has been visiting teacher and coach in several colleges and Youth Orchestras including Centro Superior Katerina Gurska en Madrid. Since 2018 he is also a professor at the Conservatory of Rotterdam (CODARTS).
Luis has recorded with several chamber groups for labels including EMI Classics and Pentatone, and has collaborated with BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artists scheme.
Luis plays on a double bass made by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, c.1770 on loan from the collection of the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (NMF).
Role: Classical Artist