Music Instrument(s) Taught: Piano
Location: Inner SE Portland (8th and Burnside)
Gabriel grew up in a musical household in Minneapolis, Minnesota, beginning formal piano lessons at the age of 7, with Nelda Hart, organist and pianist for the church where his mom was choir director. At 13, he began study at MacPhail Center for Music, where he participated in numerous music camps, master classes and juries, completing the Crescendo Artist’s Diploma and a senior recital under instructor Julia Elkina. He attended high school at Perpich Center for Arts Education, studying music theory and performance with exposure to many different genres as a solo and collaborative pianist. After graduation, Gabriel relocated to Portland to live with his brother, a professional pop rock musician, and in 2015 matriculated into the classical piano performance program at Portland State University School of Music and Theater, studying with Dr. Susan Chan. During his studies at PSU, Gabriel became sought after as a collaborative pianist, accompanying for fellow students in addition to freelance, which provided him exposure to more genres, instrumentation, as well as interpersonal working styles. Grounded firmly in classical training and technique, pop and jazz music are also formative and inspiring musical vocabularies for Gabriel. As a teacher and musical artist, Gabriel is energized by a diverse musical palette, and dedicated to teaching students in collaboration with their passions and sensibilities with gentleness and precision.