Flavio Gaete was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 24th 1976. His sign befitting the circumstance of his birth, he was raised by two advocates of the sciences, yet lovers of the arts (his mother is a geologist-turned-photographer and his father is a civil engineer who has played the piano since Flavio was born). His life interests since early on were focused on music and technology.
Throughout his youth, Flavio attended the Emil Friedman School, renown in Venezuela for combining regular academics with a conservatory (it is the most important music school in the country, with three symphony orchestras and a choir; most of the musicians who play in the major symphony orchestras in the country come from this school). Flavio started taking violin lessons when he was six years old and switched to viola when he was twelve. He studied with Penelope Knuth, a New Yorker who eventually convinced him to apply to the Interlochen Arts Camp. He won a full scholarship and ended concertmaster of the Junior Symphony Orchestra, which inspired him to keep going the following summers, while still studying with Mrs. Knuth back in Caracas. Flavio eventually moved to Michigan to continue his music studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy (a full year program), again under a full scholarship, where he studied with David Holland for two years. Through his teens, Flavio became infatuated with pop music, through which he got exposed to electronic music. He was lucky to find an electronic composer in Interlochen, Joe DiFazio, with whom he studied composition. After graduating from Interlochen, he attended the Berklee College of Music, to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in electronic music. He became a disciple of Richard Boulanger, computer musician and composer, famous for his acclaimed work in the advancement of Csound, the most powerful platform for music synthesis and pioneering computer music technology; his book, The Csound Book (which Flavio helped proof-read), published by the MIT press, is the text book of choice in most colleges in the States and abroad which offer courses in electronic music. While attending Berklee, Flavio continued his viola studies with Michelle LaCourse, with whom he pursued a Master’s degree from Boston University.
Flavio has grown to be a seasoned musician, having played professionally both viola and electronic instruments with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, Richard Boulanger, the Mendes Brothers (producers of Cesaria Evora), The So and So’s, Pharaoh’s Daughter, Noah Hoffeld, Juancho Herrera, and the Klaresque Ensemble, among others. He has performed in world-renowned venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall (as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Music Festival), Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, as well as Town Hall, in NYC; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington D.C., the Meyerson Symphony Center, in Dallas, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City, among others. Flavio has recorded with various artists, some of them having been nominated for the GRAMMYS, including Sonya Kitchell, Goodbye Picasso, and Lisa Bodnar, among others.
Flavio has worked as a product specialist for Mark of the Unicorn and currently teaches music and technology in New York City (he currently teaches courses in MIDI and post-production at the Institute of Audio Research and has taught as a guest lecturer at New York University).