Alfredo Cabrera

Master of Music
Composition

Alfredo Cabrera is an accomplished composer, instrumentalist, writer, and activist from Caracas, Venezuela. He is passionate about his heritage and is currently pursuing research on Venezuelan culture and performance as a graduate fellow of the University of Michigan Center for World Performance Studies. His recent works focus on the deconstruction of his identity as a queer, Latinx immigrant and aim to invite both performers and audiences to reclaim their artistic and perceptive agency as it relates to ourselves and our environment. While working on his master’s at SMTD, Alfredo was awarded the Brehm Prize in Choral Composition for his work Iridescent Porcelain for choir, 4-hand piano, and four soloists, scheduled for premiere in late 2021 by the SMTD Chamber Choir. Around the same time, he released Skybound Souls, a multimedia digital installation that portrays and translates the shared experiences of social distancing worldwide. He proposed, advocated, and helped implement changes at SMTD to address racial inequalities in classical music alongside several current and former SMTD students. Alfredo will be returning to SMTD this fall to pursue a doctorate in composition and finish his research at the Center for World Performance Studies.

Achievements

Prizes:
Winner of the Brehm Prize in Choral Composition

Premieres:
Paper Homes and Dreams Away (Performed and Commissioned by Paradigm Trio)
Skybound Souls (Online/digital installation)
Overcast Moonlight (Performed and Commissioned by Hohner Porter)
Unsighted (Art Installation)

Accepted to the DMA in composition program at SMTD