Luis Cabrera Martín


Klassieke_Muziek_Docent_Codarts_RotterdamBorn in Spain in 1985, Luis Cabrera started playing the double bass at the age of 10. After graduating from the Conservatorio Profesional Joaquin Turinal, where he studied with Professor Rafael de Frias and later 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.

Luis became principal double bass with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and has made guest appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, playing under distinguished conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur and Bernard Haitink.

Very active as a chamber music player, Luis has performed with great artists including Gordan Nikolic, Sarah Chang, Alina Ibragimova and Janine Jansen, while his solo and teaching commitments frequently take him to Spain, The Netherlands and the UK.

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 joined the Codarts’ teaching staff in 2018.


Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?

Rotterdam, is a very vibrant and cultural centre of The Netherlands, and at Codarts; apart of developing your instrument and musical skills and knowledge, you have the possibility to participate in a diverse number of ensembles, learn from different teachers, and be next door to one of the world's leading orchestras, conductors and soloists.

What will you teach them?

I insist a lot on the postural and a free and relaxed use of the body to produce the sound and develop the technique in order to go through a varied amount of repertoire, styles and both solo and orchestral repertoire.

How will you do this?

One to one lessons, and group lessons where I involve the students in a number of challenges to find his or her way to find their way to play, their sound and their technique to grow up as a musician.