Gabrielle Shek - Violin
Of sino-japanese origins, she was born in San Francisco where she started studying the violin at 4 years old. Among her most influential figures, Zaven Melikian, Paul Kantor, Ida Kavafian and James Buswell. She also studied chamber music with the Juilliard String Quartet and Louis Krasner. Once she graduated in music (with top marks and honours) at Yale University, she did a master of music at the New England Conservatory of Boston. She won a scholarship from the Beebe Fund and she finalized her educational experience in London with David Takeno.
Gabrielle Shek performed in the United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Hungary collaborating with musicians such as Martha Argerich, Alexander Lonquich, Renaud Capucon, SonigTchakerian, Misha Maisky, Mario Brunello, Enrico Dindo, Danilo Rossi, and Enrico Bronzi.
She was a member of the Tonhalle Orchestra; she was the leader of the second violin of the Opernhaus Zürich and of the ensemble Scintilla. She played with the most famous directors among whom Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz Welser-Möst, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons and Frans Brüggen.
In Italy, after having played as concertmaster and violin soloist of the Lorenzo da Ponte Chamber Orchestra, she had the privilege of collaborating for numerous years with Claudio Abbado in the Orchestra Mozart. She was also concertmaster in the Orchestra of Teatro della Fenice and the Chamber Orchestra of Padova and Veneto.
She is now collaborating with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and is the leader of SÕNO, a group specialized in the classic repertoire.