A native of the Boston area, by way of New York City for six years, Gabriel Lefkowitz is a violinist, composer, and conductor currently living in Knoxville, TN, where he is in his fourth season as concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
During the 2014-2015 KSO season, Gabriel will perform as soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major (May Masterworks), and will host three solo/chamber recital programs at the Knoxville Museum of Art as part of the KSO's highly successful new concert series, Gabriel Lefkowitz & Friends.
Gabriel holds a Bachelor's degree from Columbia University, where he graduated magna cum laude in three years, having studied music and economics. In May of 2010, he earned a Masters in Violin Performance at The Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Smirnoff and Masao Kawasaki.
In July of 2004, at age 16, Gabriel was asked to give a solo performance at the Democratic National Convention's opening night at the Fleet Center in Boston. His original rendition of "Amazing Grace" was seen live by millions around the world and led to an appearance on the CNN Morning Show, and a special performance for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at the State House in Boston.
He has also performed with several popular rock and indie bands in New York, including Vampire Weekend, with whom he performed in February 2010 on Saturday Night Live. Gabriel was a violinist on the 2010 international Star Wars: In Concert! summer tour.
In addition to his activities on the violin, Gabriel is a film composer and conductor. In the summer of 2010, he was one of only five composers invited to study composition at the Aspen Music Festival’s prestigious Film Scoring Program where he composed electronic and orchestral pieces to picture. His current compositional focus is scoring video games, including upcoming releases Triomancer and Pop-Up Dungeon.
During the summers of 2011 and 2012, Gabriel studied conducting at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, ME. 2014-2015 marks his inaugural season as Music Director and Conductor of the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra.