Singaporean violinist Gabriel Lee is a virtuoso in highly varied sound-worlds, ranging from crossover music with his popular instrumental band the Lorong Boys and other established fusion groups, early music with his baroque violin, to fresh interpretations of the classical canon on his modern violin.
An active soloist in the classical scene, Gabriel won the Gold Award at the 6th Asian Youth Music Competition, and has appeared in numerous concerts at home and abroad, including solo appearances with the Baltimore Baroque Band, PSPA International Ensemble and the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he was the soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in Marin Alsop’s conducting seminar with the Peabody Conductor’s Orchestra. Gabriel is also an avid orchestral musician, having freelanced professionally with the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Gabriel’s teachers include Victor Danchenko, Ng Yu-Ying, Alexander Souptel, Chan Yoong Han, Zhang Zhen Shan and Jason Lim. He has also participated in masterclasses by Kryztof Wegrzyn, Mikhail Kopelman, David Takeno, Sergiu Schwartz, Rachel Barton Pine and Alexander Sitkovetsky. His chamber music groups have been mentored by the Takacs Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Lutoslawski Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Trio Des Alpes, Michael Kannen and Melvyn Tan.
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 Indian-fusion group Flame of the Forest and fusion pianist Tze Toh, amongst others. He continues to develop his musicianship in the jazz idiom with Paul Bollenback at the Peabody Conservatory.
Gabriel is also an emerging baroque violinist, having had multiple solo appearances with the Baltimore Baroque Band, frequently appearing as a freelance baroque violinist in the Music at St. Bartholomew’s series, and having also collaborated with UMBC’s Camerata Chamber Choir. He has had masterclasses with Julie Andrijeski during her residency at Peabody.
Being a passionate music educator, Gabriel serves on the violin and chamber music faculty of the Myanmar Music Festival in 2016. He also conducts interactive and innovative workshops in schools with the Lorong Boys. In 2012-2013, Gabriel served as a violin mentor for the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. He had also worked as a music history teaching assistant from 2013-2014 during his time at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM).
Gabriel is currently pursuing two Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance and Baroque Violin Performance at the Peabody Conservatory under the mentorship of Victor Danchenko and Risa Browder, supported by a full scholarship from YSTCM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree from YSTCM in 2015 as Valedictorian of his cohort.
Gabriel plays on an 1837 Aldric on loan from the Rin Collection.