As Hurley School of Music associate professor of theory, history, and composition, Todd Gabriel brings a long accomplished career as a symphonic violist and pedagogue to his both his teaching and his well-crafted, accessible compositions. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he has been a tenured member of the Phoenix, Alabama and Queensland (Australia) Symphony Orchestras. His composition teachers were American composers Dan Asia, George Tsontakis, Robert Ward and David Diamond.
A New York debut of his music came in 2006 with Haim Avitsur’s performance of “Dreams, Memories and Musical Reactions” for trombone and piano at the Mannes College, The New School of Music. His European debut was in 2008 at the Royal Northern College of Music with Trio Llano performing “Party Piece” for flute, clarinet and bassoon.
Major artists have performed Todd’s music including the Geneva Viola Competition winner, Hong-mei Xiao; the Millennium Grand Prize winners at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; the Fry Street Quartet; and Living Artist Recordings’ cellist, Craig Hultgren.
The International Marimba League chose Dr. Gabriel’s The Noble Hound for marimba and string quartet as the winner of their classical division, and the $20,000 Corbould Competition in Australia made him a finalist for his Symphonic Overture, Path of Choice which was performed by the Queensland Philharmonic.