DAVID CUBEK has been the director of the Claremont Concert Orchestra of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges since 2010. He was also recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony and Conductor of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic. In addition to being passionate about conducting and teaching, he is a firm believer in the power of music to foster social change. Since 2009, Mr. Cubek regularly conducts ensembles from Venezuela’s acclaimed music education program known as “El Sistema.” He has also collaborated with several El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, including Youth Orchestra of LA (YOLA), Gustavo Dudamel’s initiative committed to providing intensive music training to underserved neighborhoods in the LA area. Mr. Cubek’s collaborations led to his appointment as faculty member of the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program of the Longy School of Music of Bard College, which provides advanced training for professional musicians wishing to become agents of social change.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Mr. Cubek began private piano and composition lessons at the age of 7 before entering the Simón Bolívar Conservatory. In 1999, he moved to Montreal to continue his music education, studying piano and music theory at McGill University and orchestral conducting at the Conservatory of Montreal. At the latter institution he was awarded First Prize with Great Distinction in orchestral conducting. Mr. Cubek completed his doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University, where he served as assistant and guest conductor of the opera program, and the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. He was music director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra and a lecturer in music theory at both Northwestern and McGill. In addition, Mr. Cubek has led orchestras in Canada, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Italy.
A recipient of Scripps’ Mary W. Johnson Award for excellence in teaching (2012-2013), Mr. Cubek also performs contemporary music with professional organizations. Most recently, he conducted concerts with member of ensembles Dal Niente and Fonema Consort at Constellation Theater in Chicago. 2016-2017 appearances with Fonema Consort will include concerts at the University of Minnesota and at Chicago’s Ear Taxi festival of new music.
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