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Gabriel Lee | Violin
“Gabriel Lee’s solo entry was one of breathtaking intensity, grabbing listeners by the lapels without letting go. This rhapsodic work dwelt in the deepest recesses of feeling and emotion, where Lee plumbed with a passion and concentration that was hard to surpass” — The Straits Times
Singaporean violinist Gabriel Lee is a multi-faceted musician: he performs crossover music with his popular instrumental band the Lorong Boys and other established fusion groups, early music with his baroque violin, and fresh interpretations of the classical canon on his modern violin.
An active soloist in the classical scene, Gabriel has performed solo recitals in the United States, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar, and has been featured as a soloist with the Baltimore Baroque Band, Orchestra of the Music Makers, PSPA International Ensemble and the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra. He was also featured as the soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in Marin Alsop’s conducting seminar with the Peabody Conductor’s Orchestra. Gabriel is sought after as an orchestral musician, having won a first violin position with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and freelanced professionally with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Gabriel's teachers include Qing Li, Victor Danchenko, Ng Yu-Ying, Alexander Souptel, Chan Yoong Han, Zhang Zhen Shan and Jason Lim. He has also participated in masterclasses by Midori, Kryztof Wegrzyn, Mikhail Kopelman, David Takeno, Sergiu Schwartz and Rachel Barton Pine. His chamber music groups have been mentored by the Takacs Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Lutoslawski Quartet, Shanghai Quartet and Michael Kannen.
As an improvising fusion violinist, Gabriel is a founding member of his multi-genre instrumental band, the Lorong Boys. The group’s energy and spontaneity has brought them on performance tours to various parts of Indonesia, multiple features on almost every form of mass media in Singapore, performances at the Esplanade, the President’s Star Charity, opening and closing performances at the SG50 Concert Series in the Park, and a feature in the SG50 Gift of Song music video, amongst many others. Gabriel has also collaborated with the celebrated Myanmar Traditional Orchestra "Pho Thagyan", Odyssey Dance Theatre, Indian-fusion group Flame of the Forest and fusion pianist Tze Toh, amongst others.
Gabriel is also an emerging baroque violinist, having performed solo concerti with the Baltimore Baroque Band and Red Dot Baroque. He has also performed in the Wilmington Bach Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, Music at St. Bartholomew’s series, and collaborated with UMBC’s Camerata Chamber Choir. He studied with Risa Browder and played in masterclasses with Lucy van Dael, Ryo Terakado, Julie Andrijeski and Emlyn Ngai.
Being a passionate music educator, Gabriel is the Founding Director of the Philharmonic Society of Myanmar and has conducted masterclasses and coached various ensembles in Singapore and Myanmar. He is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and the School of the Arts, and also conducts interactive and innovative workshops in schools with the Lorong Boys. Gabriel has served as a Leader-Mentor for the Orchestra of the Music Makers, as well as violin mentor for the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. He had also worked as a music history teaching assistant during his time at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM).
Gabriel has received various awards and scholarships, including the JC van Hulsteyn Award in Violin, the Gold Award at the 6th Asian Youth Music Competition and the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence. He graduated with two Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance and Baroque Violin Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, supported by a full scholarship from YSTCM and the Trailblazer Foundation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree from YSTCM as Valedictorian of his cohort.
Gabriel plays on an 1837 Aldric on loan from the Rin Collection.