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The Multifaceted Career • JAVIER CABALLERO • Cellist, Educator, Social Justice Advocate

Tuesday • November 15, 2022   |   12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Javier Caballero

Cellist, Executive Director at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Former Artistic Director for Project STEP

With nearly 20 years of experience as an arts leader, educator, and cellist, Javier Caballero recently became the Executive Director of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Musica year-round nonprofit arts organization, situated on 100 acres in rural New Hampshire. Apple Hill is home to the Apple Hill String Quartet and offers educational and mentoring programs each year to 300 students on-site as part of its Summer Chamber Music Workshop and to thousands more throughout the world while producing approximately 60 concerts each year. Central to the mission of Apple Hill is Playing for Peace, a program about the power of diversity and acceptance. 

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Mr. Caballero previously served as part of the senior leadership team at NPR’s From the Top as its Scholarship and Recruitment Manager, leading all aspects of its national admissions department as well as the prominent Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. He also served as the Artistic Director of Project STEP, a string training program for students from underrepresented communities in classical music. He led student performances for the Governor of Massachusetts and the Mayor of Boston, as well as joint appearances with the Boston Pops. During his tenure, Project STEP visited the White House to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama in 2014 and returned in 2016 to perform for a State Dinner with President Obama. In 2017, Javier was invited to speak before the National Endowment for the Arts on Project STEP’s legacy of artistic excellence. 

A graduate of the University of South Florida and the Boston Conservatory, Javier has studied with J. Alfredo Carbonell, Scott Kluksdahl, and Rhonda Rider. With performances in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, he has previously served on the music faculties of Apple Hill, Point Counterpoint, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Junior Strings Intensive summer festivals, as well as the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and the Brookline and Watertown (MA) public schools. 

He also serves on the board of directors for A Far Cry, The Theater Offensive, and Challenge the Stats. Born in Puerto Rico, Javier is a passionate advocate for artistic excellence, music education, and social justice. 



Tuesday • November 15, 2022
12:00 pm 1:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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