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Gabriel Fridkis

Assistant Principal Flute

Gabriel Fridkis

Flutist Gabe Fridkis is quickly establishing himself as a distinguished orchestral musician and sought after soloist. Gabe began his musical studies at seven years of age at the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, NJ.  At 11, Gabe 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, Gabe 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.

After taking a three year hiatus from music to study law and business at American University in Washington D.C. Gabe resumed his musical studies with Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase winning 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 Gabe appeared as a soloist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and won the Principal Flute chair in the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Gabe 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 Gabe also performed with the Nashville Symphony and the San Antonio Symphony. In 2018 Gabe auditioned for and was appointed Assistant Principal Flute of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, a position he currently holds.

During his years in school Gabe 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. Gabe 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. Gabe also studied with Stefan Hoskuldsson, Demarre McGill, Ransom Wilson, Marianne Gedigian, and Nadine Asin.

In addition to his orchestral and solo work, Gabe also performs with his brother and duo partner, Jake Fridkis and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas.

Gabe is a Wm. S. Haynes Flutes performing artist plays a 14K Gold Haynes flute with silver mechanism.