At 26 years old, flutist Gabriel Fridkis is quickly establishing himself as a distinguished orchestral musician and sought-after soloist. Gabriel began his musical studies at seven years of age at the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, NJ. At 11, Gabriel debuted with his brother, Jake Fridkis at the National Flute Convention in San Diego, premiering a duet by world-renowned flutist and composer Gary Schocker. At 12, Gabriel toured Europe as the soloist with a chamber orchestra, performing in Prague, Florence and across Eastern Europe, as well as beginning studies in the private studio of Mr. Schocker as his youngest full-time student. As an orchestral musician, Gabriel played in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra throughout high school and attended the Kinhaven Music Festival.
After taking a three-year hiatus from music to study law and business at American University in Washington D.C., Gabriel resumed his musical studies with Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase. At Purchase he won the Purchase Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in his first semester, performing the Ibert Concerto under the baton of conductor and legendary flute soloist, Ransom Wilson and graduated summa cum laude in three years.
Gabriel won a position in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before completing his Bachelor of Music degree. He moved to Chicago to join the orchestra while concurrently pursuing a Masters degree at DePaul University in the studio of Mark Sparks. During his first year in Chicago in addition to his studies Gabriel appeared as a soloist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and won the Principal Flute chair in the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Gabriel received his Master of Music degree in the spring of 2018, while simultaneously completing his first season with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and second season with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. During these two years Gabriel also performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony and the San Antonio Symphony.
During his years in school Gabriel attended many music festivals including a summer in the National Repertory Orchestra, two summers with the Aspen Music Festival, one at the Brevard Music Center where he was the winner of the Jean and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition, as well as taking part in the Breckenridge, Eastern, and Banff music festivals. Gabriel has had the opportunity to work with conductors including Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Osmo Vanska, Ken-David Masur and Robert Spano, and soloists such as Yo Yo Ma, Andre Watts and Augustin Hadelich. Gabriel also studied with Stefan Hoskuldsson, Demarre McGill, Ransom Wilson, Marianne Gedigian, and Nadine Asin.
Gabriel won the position of Assistant Principal Flute in the Fort Worth Symphony in the fall of 2018, a position he currently holds. In addition to his orchestral and solo work, Gabriel also performs with his brother and duo partner, Jake Fridkis.