A native of the Boston area, violinist/composer/conductor Gabriel Lefkowitz is the Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra, an active soloist and chamber musician, a frequent masterclass clinician, and a symphonic conductor. A versatile musician of the 21st century, Gabriel is also a composer for films and video games.
During the 2019-2020 season, Gabriel will perform the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Louisville Orchestra, and [stay tuned for a special announcement!]
Recent highlights in Louisville include a 2018 performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at the Kentucky Center for the Arts for which he was hailed as a “master craftsman… able to cull magnificent sounds and spine-tingling notes out of his instrument” (arts-louisville.com), as well as Gabriel’s podium debut with the LO, leading an all-Italian program as both conductor and soloist as part of the orchestra’s Neighborhood Series.
In May of 2017, Gabriel concluded his tenure as Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, a position he had held since 2011 at the age of 23. Highlights of his final KSO season included performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto and three recitals at the Knoxville Museum of Art as part of the highly successful concert series he founded, Gabriel Lefkowitz & Friends. Recent guest engagements include performances of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Oak Ridge Symphony, Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Ocala Symphony, and performing as guest concertmaster with the Britt Festival Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
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.
Gabriel 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. He was a violinist on the 2010 international Star Wars: In Concert! summer tour.
Gabriel has been conducting professional, community, and youth orchestras since 2010. He made his podium 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. He served as Music Director of the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra during the 2014-2015 season and has worked extensively with youth ensembles including the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and the Boston Youth Symphony.
As a composer, Gabriel’s current focus is scoring video games, including the upcoming release Pop-Up Dungeon. He is also creating the music for the brand-new multi-million dollar theme resort Ancient Lore Village in East Tennessee. His orchestral music has been performed by the Knoxville and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras as well as the Dubuque Festival Orchestra.
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.