A native of the Boston area, by way of New York City for six years, Gabriel Lefkowitz is a violinist, conductor, and composer currently living in Knoxville, TN where he is in his fifth season as concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
During the 2015-2016 KSO season, Gabriel will perform as soloist in Ravel’s Tzigane (October Masterworks) and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major (April Chamber Classics), and will host three solo/chamber recital programs at the Knoxville Museum of Art as part of the KSO’s highly successful concert series, Gabriel Lefkowitz & Friends.
Gabriel is thrilled to be making his conducting debut with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra during the 2015-2016 season in the form of several light classical & pops “runout” performances at venues throughout Knoxville and East Tennessee.
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.
During the summers of 2011 and 2012, Gabriel studied conducting at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, ME. Gabriel’s recent conducting engagements include a guest performance with the Dubuque Festival Orchestra, a full season of performances with the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra (of which Gabriel was Music Director during the 2014-2015 season), working with several youth ensembles including the Junior Clinic Orchestra of Knoxville, the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Boston Youth Symphony, as well as numerous recording sessions of film, video game, and popular music with his New York-based venture, the Eon Contemporary Orchestra, which was active from 2011-2014.
In addition to his activities as a violinist and conductor, Gabriel is a composer for films and video games. 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. His orchestral music has been performed by the Knoxville and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras as well as the Dubuque Festival Orchestra.