Jeremy Cavaterra was born in New York City in 1971. From an early age the piano held a magnetic attraction for him, and he was drawn to work out pieces he had heard by ear, and to invent his own. When he was ten years old his family moved to Los Angeles, where he took up piano lessons with Tania Agins. Agins gave him a firm traditional foundation and also encouraged his interest in composing, introducing him to composer and UCLA professor Mark Carlson, who guided his efforts and provided him with theory instruction.
Cavaterra later furthered his piano studies with Robert Turner before moving back to New York to study composition at Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Giampaolo Bracali, with whom he also studied orchestration and conducting. From 1995–1999, Cavaterra lived in Italy, composing and performing as a pianist in the Rome area in concerts and festivals, both as soloist and in collaboration with other instrumentalists and singers.
Cavaterra’s work has been performed internationally by soloists and ensembles. In 2007, his piano suite Six Character Pieces received its Los Angeles and San Francisco premières by the brilliant Spanish pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, with whom Cavaterra has enjoyed a long musical collaboration. In 2008, Cavaterra’s Fantasy for Four Instruments was commissioned by Pacific Serenades, the Los Angeles-based series, for its twenty-second season.
Salastina Society co-founder Kevin Kumar has also been a longtime champion of Cavaterra’s work and has performed it on numerous occasions, most recently his Sonata for Violin and Viola with violist Dale Hikawa Silverman at St. Matthews Music Guild in 2009.
Jeremy Cavaterra lives in the Oakland hills.
Click here for more information about our in-studio recording of Cavaterra’s Three Neruda Arias with soprano Elizabeth Futral.
Listen to an audio excerpt of the last movement, “Aquí,” by clicking below:
Cavaterra: Three Neruda Songs – III. Aquí
All of the audio samples below have been taken from live performances.
Salastina World Premieres of Jeremy Cavaterra’s Compositions
Cavaterra: Rosetti Songs – I. Requiem
Cavaterra: Rosetti Songs – II. Uphill
Cavaterra: Rosetti Songs – III. Another Spring
Cavaterra: Andante for Two Violins
Cavaterra: The Owls