The Canadian counter-tenor, Daniel Cabena, recently completed a Master in Specialized Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he studied with Gerd Türk. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Doctorate of Music from l’Université de Montréal. He has also taken part in numerous workshops and academies, including the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, l’Académie Internationale de Musique de Comminges, l’Académie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay, and the Briten-Pears Young Artist Programme, for which he was assisted by the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation. Recognized for his outstanding talent, he was generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. He was the 2012 recipient of the Virginia Parker Prize and is a past recipient of the Bernard Diamant Prize, both from the Canada Council for the Arts. He was also the third prize winner of the 2011 Baroque Singing Competition of Froville, France.
Daniel Cabena made his debut in September 2012 at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in a Robert Carsen production of Philippe Fénelon’s opera for the Jean-Jacques Rousseau tercentenary, JJR: Citoyen de Genève. He is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for prize-winning performances ranging from Baroque to contemporary repertoire, described as “very classy, with his freely flowing slender, well-sustained alto voice”.
Daniel Cabena's engagements this season (2014-2015) included appearances in Europe with Musica Fiorita, Ensemble La Morra, Ensemble Diapsalma, Le Concert Spirituel and at the Schlossmediale Festival. In Canada, he appeared with the Guelph Chamber Choir and Nota Bene Period Orchestra, as well as with pianist, Stephen Runge, in a tour of “A Sanctuary in Song,” a recital program of 20th Century English and Canadian song, which they premièred on CBC radio in 2013. In the summer of 2015, he appeared with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in the première of L’horreur de constater qu’on nous oubliera, a song cycle for counter-tenor and orchestra by Stacey Brown on texts by librettist Bertrand Laverdure. He is also a member of Ensemble Alia Mens (Director: Olivier Spilmont).
Daniel Cabena has taken part in broadcasts for CBC/Radio-Canada, National Public Radio in the USA, Schweizer Radio in Switzerland, and for France Musique in France. He appears on recordings on the Analekta, ATMA, Chestnut Hall, Dorian, Deutsche-Grammophon, Naxos and URSH labels. He currently lives in Basel, Switzerland.