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Robert Cafaro - Behind the Scenes

February 04, 2015

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.


Where were you born?
In New York City.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? All of the unaccompanied cello suites by J.S. Bach.
What is your most treasured possession? 

My 1816 Santaguilian cello from Venice, Italy, which is not really my possession because I am only entrusted as its caretaker during my lifetime.

What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? Essene Market & Cafe. 

Tell us about your instrument. See above. My cello was given to me by a man who wanted to personally select the person who would have it next.

If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? J.S. Bach: Were you human or are you a God?

What piece of music never fails to move you? The slow movements of Brahms’s First and Fourth symphonies.

When did you join the Orchestra? In September 1985.

Do you play any other instruments? Piano and guitar.

What’s your favorite type of food? Organic natural food. 

What books are on your nightstand? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Doctor Dealer by Mark Bowden.

Do you speak any other languages? Unfortunately, no.

Do you have any hobbies? Yoga, weight lifting, and cycling.
Do you have a favorite movie? Being There starring Peter Sellers.

What’s the last recording you purchased? James Ehnes playing the sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach.

What’s on your iPod? Mozart Divertimento with Jascha Heifetz, Wiliam Primrose, and Emanuel Feuermann.

When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? August 1975 in Saratoga, NY.

Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? Suntory Hall, in Tokyo, Japan.

Photo: Jessica Griffin

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