Born in Mexico in 1983, Rodrigo Michelet Cadet Díaz started his musical studies at the age of eight. Cadet earned his degree in Musical Composition at the Bellas Artes School of Music under the guidance of Hugo Rosales, Mario Lavista, Alejandro Romero and Georgina Derbez.
Cadet also has a certificate of studies in choir conducting with Digna Guerra, Sergio Cárdenas, Adriana Blagoeva and Alfredo Mendoza; and in orchestral conducting with Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Cadet’s works include orchestral, small ensemble, choral music and arrangements, many of which have been performed in the most important halls of Mexico such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Auditorio Blas Galindo, Sala Xochipilli, 1st Contemporary Music Festival in Monterrey, Sala Silvestre Revueltas and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His compositions have also been broadcast on several radio stations such as Radio UNAM and Opus 94.5.
Since 2007, Cadet has conducted the recognized children’s choir Schola Cantorum of Mexico and has performed in multiple concerts in Mexico and international festivals such as American Cantat 2007 (Cuba) and Children of the World in Harmony (USA, Canada). Cadet is also the official arranger of the Method for Musical Instruction of Guanajuato’s Bands which has published four volumes. In 2010, he became the director of the children’s department at Bellas Artes School of Music, where he founded the Symphonic Children’s Orchestra which he also conducts.
During the same year he worked as a composer in the international project “From the Barrio to the Concert Hall” organized by the OAS (Organization of American States). During 2011 he worked on the creation of the “First Anthology of Children’s Orchestra repertoire”—this project was under his guidance and many of the pieces that were commissioned for this publication were written by him. He is also an active singer, and since 2008 has been a member of Melos Gloriae, the only choir in Mexico specializing in Gregorian chant.
Cadet was a resident composer for the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! program in 2011-2012, working with schools in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.