Founded in 2009, Ensemble Meme comprises chamber musicians who perform innovative,
wide-ranging programs, bringing to the stage current ideas in contemporary music, paired
with and informed by music of the past. Meme artists have performed in Zankel Hall, Weill
Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Cooper Union, Columbia University's Miller
Theatre, and The Juilliard School, as well as Jordan Hall, Gardner Museum, Harvard and
Boston universities, and New England Conservatory. Festival performances include Lucerne,
Aspen, FOCUS!, and Vermont Mozart. The musicians also have performed as part of Jupiter
Symphony Chamber Players, Lark Quartet, Ensemble Pi, and in duo and trio recitals. As noted
interpreters of contemporary music, Meme artists have worked with such leading composers as
John Adams, Gerald Barry, George Benjamin, Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano,
John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Oliver Knussen, George Perle, Steven Stucky, Andrew
Waggoner, and Anna Weesner.
Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of the San Francisco
Symphony Youth Orchestra, Donato Cabrera made his San Francisco Symphony debut in April
2009, conducting the orchestra in a program of Mozart and Ravel. In 2002, he was a Herbert
von Karajan conducting fellow at the Salzburg Festival. From 2005 to 2008, he was associate
conductor of the San Francisco Opera, participating in the world premiere of John Adams's
Doctor Atomic and conducting performances of Die Fledermaus, Don
Giovanni, Tannhäuser, and Die Zauberflöte. He has also assisted in
productions at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, and has served as an assistant conductor at the Ravinia, Spoleto (Italy), and
Aspen music festivals, as well as the Music Academy of the West.
In April 2010, Mr. Cabrera made his debut with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and he
made his South American debut in 2008 with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción in Chile.
He has worked with the young artist programs of the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of
Chicago, and Portland Opera. This past February, he was recognized as a Luminary by the
Friends of Mexico Honorary Committee for his contributions to promoting and developing the
presence of the Mexican community in the Bay Area. Mr. Cabrera holds music degrees from the
University of Nevada and the University of Illinois, and pursued graduate studies at
Indiana University and Manhattan School of Music.