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 conductor. A versatile musician of the 21st century, Gabriel is also a composer for films, theater, and video games.
During the 2019-2020 season, Gabriel performs as soloist in the Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Louisville Orchestra, Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra), the Florence Price Violin Concerto No. 1 (McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra), is the featured violinist soloist on the soundtrack to the film Harriet (Focus Features), and performed on The Tonight Show in October with colleagues from the Louisville Orchestra and singer-songwriter Jim James. Gabriel also made his return to the Louisville Orchestra’s podium to conduct multiple performances of Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Brahms in November, as well as the annual Holiday Show at Broadway Baptist Church in December. In March, Gabriel made his podium debut with the NouLou Chamber Players in a special performance of Mahler’s 4th Symphony (arr. Simon) at Oxmoor Farm in Louisville.
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.
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 and has been a regular guest conductor with the Louisville Orchestra for the past two seasons. 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 themed 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. Gabriel is a proud alumnus of the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival!