Salvadorean composer and conductor German Cáceres was born San Salvador on July 9, 1954. He began music training in San Salvador where he studied harmony, counterpoint and musical forms with Ion Cubicec and Esteban Servellón and orchestral conducting with Alejandro Muñoz Ciudad Real and Ricardo del Carmen (Guatemala). German Cáceres entered The Juilliard School of Music in 1973 where he received both undergraduate (1977) and graduate (1978) degrees. At Juilliard he studied oboe and chamber music with Ronald Roseman and composition with Stanley Wolfe and David Diamond. While in New York German Cáceres studied composition with the late Cuban composer Julián Orbón and orchestral conducting with José Serebrier. In 1989 he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Cincinnati, where he worked with Jonathan Kramer.
Since his debut as oboist-composer at Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Recital Hall) in December 1978, the works by German Cáceres have been performed in concerts and festivals such as four Biennials of Contemporary Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1980-82-84-88); Musical Seasons of the Center for Inter-American Relations in New York (1980-86); Fourth International Forum of New Music in Mexico City (1982); Inter American Music Festival in Washington (1982); Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston USA (1984) Festival of New Music in Amsterdam, Holland (1984); Music of the Americas Festival at Youngstown State University (1986-89); Caribbean Composers Forum (San José Costa Rica, 1989; Puerto Rico, 1990; San José C.R., 1994; San Salvador, 1995; Caracas, Venezuela 1996; La Habana, Cuba, 1998; Guatemala 1999; Xalapa, México, 2000); Latin American Music Festival (Caracas, 1990-91-92-93-94); and the Festival Cervantino in México (1986). His music has also been performed in Germany, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Switzerland, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Israel, United States (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Miami, Los Angeles, Illinois, Philadelfia, Boston etc.), Austria (20. Internationationales Festival Zeitgenossischer Musik, 1996), Italy and Belgium; XVI Festival Música del Siglo XX, Madrid, Spain, 1996; XVII Festival Música del Siglo XX, Bilbao, Spain, 1997; Festival Internacional Encuentros 1996, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Festival de Música Contemporánea de Rosario, Argentina, 1996; Latin American New Music Forum, Florida International University, 1997; XIV Stagione Concertistica, Padova, Italia (1998); Czech Republic (1998). II Festival of XX Century Music, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1999); Forum of Iberoamerican Composers, Santa Fe, Argentina, 1999; Music of the Americas Festival 2001, Florida International University. International Festival of Contemporary Music, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001); IX Jornadas de Música Contemporánea, Segovia, España (2002), Arts Festival, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2003; 2004); Constanta, Rumania; Concerts of the Colegio de Compositores Latinoamericanos de Música de Arte, México (Xalapa, México 2000; D.F., November 2001; D.F. December 2003; February 2005; Caracas, Venezuela 2006) ; IV Meeting of Latin America Composers, Bello Horizonte, Brasil, 2002. Contemporary Music Festival, Habana, Cuba (2003); International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) Festival FIU, Miami (2005). XXVIII International Forum of Contemporary Music, México D.F. (2006).
In February of 2001, Dr. Cáceres was invited by the California State University for a full concert of his works, and in the series Sundays Live, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his second sonata for violin and piano was performed, and his cycle of songs “Las Monedas Bajo la Lluvia” , received its premier. In addition German Cáceres lectured about his works at the University at Northridge and at the University of Southern California.
In 1981 Dr. Cáceres received a fellowship in music composition from the Guggenheim Foundation, a grant that permitted him to write four works. He has also been conferred the National Prize of Culture in El Salvador in 1982; the 1986 International Gertrud Ramdohr Prize in Hamburg Germany; Four grants from Meet the Composer, Inc. (1986-87-90-94), and fellowships from the Rockefeller (1991) and Fulbright (1987-89) foundations. He was Honorary President of the 1987 Gosau am Dachstein String Festival in Austria and represented his country at the 1988 Inter-American Conductors´ Forum in Caracas, Venezuela. In October, 1992 he received “L´ordre des Arts et Lettres” from the government of France. Dr. Cáceres is member of the Music History Faculty of the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas in San Salvador.
German Cáceres has been commissioned to write for the North and South Consonance Ensemble of New York; The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Duo Contemporain from Holland; The Organization of American States; Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra (México; The Foundation for Contemporary Music (Puerto Rico); The Ensemble of Caracas; Halffter String Quartet from Xalapa, México; Octeto Académico from Venezuela and The New Juilliard Ensemble.
In 1979 he was appointed conductor of the San Salvador Chamber Orchestra. From March of 1985 to April of 1999 he was principal conductor and music director of El Salvador Symphony Orchestra, and in January 2002 he was newly appointed in the same position. Dr. Cáceres has been guest conductor with the Guanajuato (México), Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, and Maracaibo (Venezuela) Symphony Orchestras; Solistas de Venezuela Ensemble; North/South Consonance Ensemble from New York; Bronx Arts Ensemble, Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland); Jalisco Philharmonic (México); Querétaro Philharmonic (México); Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela); Venezuela Symhony Orchestra; Symphony Orchestra of the University of Maine; Arcady Music Festival Orchestra, Maine, USA; Honduras National Symphony Orchestra; Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Argentina; Rosario Chamber Orchestra, Argentina; National Symphony Orchestra, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; National Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay; (SODRE); Camerata Bach from Nicaragua; San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra, Honduras; Sinfonieta de San Juan, Puerto Rico; Black Sea Philharmonic, Constanta, Rumania, National Symphony Orchestra of Perú, Jesús Castillo Symphony Orchestra (Guatemala), Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra (México), Orquesta Clásica de la Laguna (Islas Canarias), Orquesta de Cámara Garajonay (Islas Canarias), Chihuahua Philharmonic, México, Cuba National Symphony Orchestra, New World Orchestra, México D.F., Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Michoacán University, México, Concepción Symphony Orchestra (Chile), Dniepropterovsk Philharminonic (Ucrany); Municipal Symphony Orchestra, Mar de Plata, Argentina, Orquestra da Fundacao Conservatório Regional de Gaia, Portugal, Chamber Orchestra of Braga, Portugal, and on May 9 (day of Europe) of 1995 he conducted the Chamber Orchestra of the European Community in Brussels, Belgium.
Dr. Cáceres is a biographee in Who´s Who in the World; Who´s Who in Entertainment; Who´s Who in Music; Dictionary of International Biography, London; American Biographical Institute, Inc.; International Encyclopedia of Violin-Keyboard Sonatas and Composers Biographies; Outstanding People of The 20th Century; Diccionario de la Música Española e Hispanoamericana, and in volume 20 of Composers of the Americas. Dr. Cáceres is music director and founder of El Salvador Contemporary Music Festival and director of the program Music of our Time in Radio Clásica of El Salvador.
Dr. Cáceres is member of the following professional associations: Colegio de Compositores Latinoamericanos de Música de Arte, México; Ateneo de ElSalvador; Instituto Bolivariano; Centro Cultural Salvadoreño; Instituto Masferreriano, Fundación Julia Díaz and Instituto Sanmartiniano.
German Cáceres´ work Fantasia sobre una Cadencia de Gesualdo (for wind octet) won the XX Century Category Prize at the Latin American Music Tribune held in Rosario, Argentina in August of 1997. In January 1999, Dr. Cáceres was chosen as Honorary Member of the Research Board of Advisors of The American Biographical Institute. In 1999 Dr. Cáceres received the Order of Rio Branco from the Government of Brasil. Musician of The Year by the Guild of Writers and Artists of El Salvador (1999). Dr. Cáceres was declared Distinguished Composer and Conductor by the Congress of El Salvador.
From July 2000 to December 2002, Dr. Cáceres was Director of Arts and Culture at University of El Salvador.