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 third season as concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
During the 2013-2014 KSO season, Gabriel will perform as featured violinist in the complete Brandenburg concerti by J.S. Bach (March Masterworks), as soloist in works for violin and orchestra by Beethoven, Sarasate, and Paganini (May Chamber Classics), and will host four solo/chamber recital programs 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. He has conducted recording sessions of his own orchestral music as well as the film music of his colleagues at Aspen and Juilliard and is currently principal conductor artistic director of his latest New York-based musical endeavor - the Eon Contemporary Orchestra, an ensemble of young professional musicians that records and promotes new music, specifically in the genres of film, rock, pop, indie, and world. During the summers of 2011 and 2012, Gabriel studied conducting at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, ME.