Gabriel is currently a third-year violin major at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, studying under the tutelage of Mr Ng Yu-Ying, leader of the T’ang Quartet, with a full scholarship. He has also balanced his studies with working as a music history teaching assistant at the conservatory. Previously, he graduated with a Diploma in Violin Performance from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, during which he was awarded the Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship by the National Arts Council from 2006-2009.
As a student in the conservatory, Gabriel has been an active performer in internal and external events, performing both as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has performed with the Conservatory Orchestra under the baton of world-renowned conductors Robert Spano, Eiji Oue, Yu Long and Mark Wigglesworth. His chamber groups have gone under the mentorship of the Takacs Quartet, Lutoslawski Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Champs de Elysees, La Bande De La Loingtaine, Melvyn Tan and Pavlo Beznosiuk.
Gabriel won a Gold Award in the 6th Asian Youth Music Competition in 2007. As a soloist, he has performed with the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and also the string group Fused in 2008. He has also played in masterclasses by world-renowned violinists Pierre Amoyal, Mikhail Kopelman, David Takeno, Sergiu Schwartz, Rachel Barton Pine, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Tamas Andras, , Dima Tkachenko, Antonio Anselmi, Takaya Urakawa, William Pu, Goetz Richter, Tong Weidong, Marco Fiorini and Maureen Smith.
The summer festivals that Gabriel has participated in include the Australian International Summer Orchestra Institute in 2006 and 2007. He also performed to sell-out crowds in Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with the prestigious Asian Youth Orchestra in 2008 and 2009. Most recently in 2013, he was awarded scholarships to participate in the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where he studied with highly-acclaimed violinist Sergiu Schwartz, and benefited from coachings with Peter Howard and June Han in his chamber groups. He was also selected to perform in an elite ensemble at a faculty concert with Sergiu Schwartz and Kurt Muroki.
Other professional orchestral experiences include freelancing with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra as well as being a member of the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the Singapore Festival Orchestra. He has also played with the Orchestra of the Music Makers, The Young Musicians’ Foundation Orchestra, and worked as a Violin Mentor with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra from 2012-2013.
Since the beginning of his musical journey, Gabriel’s mentors include the concertmaster of the SSO, Mr Alexander Souptel, Mr Chan Yoong Han, Mr Zhang Zhen Shan, Mr Jason Lim and Mr Tan Kang Ming.
Gabriel also enjoys exploring violin improvisation and loves absorbing the sounds of different genres of music around the world.