Luis Cabrera Martín
 | Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


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  • Kaplan Bass String Set, 3/4 Scale, Medium Tension
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  • Kaplan Solo Double Bass String Set, 3/4 Scale, Medium Tension
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I got to know D'Addario strings in 2003, when at school in London I borrowed a friends bass which had D'Addario Helicore strings on it, since then I have used them on and off for my solo performances. Few months ago I discovered the new D'Addario Kaplan Solo, which I feel in love with and since then I'm only using them for my solo playing, recitals and concertos. In the orchestra I use gut strings mostly, but If I need to use metal (depending on the style and necessity) I use the orchestral (newly discovered high tension) set. The Kaplan solo, provide an stability, smoothness and quality in the tone, which makes solo playing much more versatile and easy in all registers, they ring a lot and therefor make it easy for you to project all sort of dynamics and to try many different colours, they are great!

A D’Addario Orchestral player since 2003.

Born in Spain in 1985, Luis Cabrera started 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 Masters 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, in Amsterdam in 2006. Recently he has been invited to play as guest principal double bass with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, “Orchestre National de France” in Paris, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta amongst others, where he played under distinguished 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" amongst others. Very active as a chamber music player, Luis has performed with great artists including Gordan Nikolitch, Sarah Chang, and Alina Ibragimova, while his solo and teaching commitments frequently take him to Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Hong Kong and the UK where he has performed both alone or in small groups at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, LSO St Luke's, Het Concertgebouw and Ateneo Cultural in Madrid. 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. 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.

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