Canto Interno

Luis Cabrera

Luis Cabrera has been the Principal Double Bass for the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra for the last 15 years since 2006 and a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 2012. He plays a double bass made by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, c.1770 on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (NMF).

On 18th June 2021, double bass player Luis Cabrera releases his debut solo double bass album ‘Canto Interno’ on the TRPTK label. The album title refers to the ‘inner voice’ which Cabrera describes as “the nesting place of the elements necessary for the expressive, melodic, and timbral elaboration of one’s musical construction where, before the sound becomes real or audible, it is developed consciously in the innermost depths of our being. It is the space where we can hear and feel music in its purest state.”

The album opens with two pieces by Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889), a double bass virtuoso, composer and conductor who was a true pioneer for the instrument. Four pieces follow by Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951), a double bass player, composer and conductor. Robert Schumann’s (1810-1856) Fantasiestücke Op. 73 was originally written for clarinet and piano but has been arranged here by Luis Cabrera for double bass and piano. The album closes with the four-movement Sonata for Piano and Violin by César Franck (1822-1890) which has also been arranged for double bass and piano by Luis Cabrera. These brand-new arrangements were made for online learning platform String Virtuoso and are recorded here for the first time.

Collaborating with Luis Cabrera on this recording are Polish-Canadian pianist Justyna Maj and Belgian violinist Sylvia Huang, both gifted and experienced artists with a passion for chamber music.

The Netherlands based TRPTK label aims to create immersive experiences through sound. By creating an acoustic hologram, their recordings give the illusion of being at the world’s most beautiful concert halls and churches, while never leaving your listening room.


Justyna Maj: piano
Sylvia Huang: Violin
Brendon Heinst: sound engineer and sound master, producer.
Hans Erblich: sound engineer