Mr. Cafaro was born in New York City, began cello studies at age 9 in the public school system and gave his first recital one year later.
He entered the Juilliard Preparatory Division as a scholarship student and later enrolled in the Juilliard School where he received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.
After graduating Mr. Cafaro played chamber music full time and served on the faculty of the University of Virginia until 1983 when he became a regular with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
He later joined the Baltimore Symphony and in 1985 became a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Cafaro is an avid soloist and chamber musician and he has performed recitals and appeared as soloist in major cities of the world.
An active teacher as well, he has been on the cello faculty of Philadelphia College of Bible, College of New Jersey, Hartwick Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY, Strings International and the Summer Strings Seminar in Rhinebeck, NY.
Mr. Cafaro has been a member of The Rachmaninov Trio since 2003. In addition Mr. Cafaro is passionately involved in volunteer and outreach activities and he regularly plays for schools and retirement communities.
In February, 1999 Bob was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and in August, 1999 he became extremely ill with complications from the disease. Left without the use of his eyes and hands and barely able to walk, Bob was told he would be on permanent disability. Refusing to accept this, Bob began serious research and developed his own successful method to beat the disease. In August, 2013 he was officially declared “99% cured” and having “done the impossible” by Dr. Clyde Markowitz, neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Bob has finished writing a book detailing his recovery, and his inspirational method of how he beat MS.
When the Music Stopped:
My Battle and Victory Against MS
by Bob Cafaro
My long awaited book is in the final stages of publication. Please stay tuned and check back for updates. I have every confidence the finished book will be worth the wait!