Gabriel Schwabe, cello

@Giorgia Bertazzi

Gabriel Schwabe has established himself among the leading cellists of his generation. Important critics praise his expressive interpretations and technical abilities paired with a compelling presence on stage. Norbert Hornig: „Gabriel Schwabe is a cello phenomenon, commanding his instrument with nuance and facility.“ Or Harald Eggebrecht: „No one in the audience will soon forget Gabriel Schwabe, as, suddenly, more than a trace of Feuermann could be felt in the hall.“

Gabriel Schwabe is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, among others the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann 2006. In 2007 he won the German National Music Competition and received the Soloist Award of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. At the Concours Rostropovich 2009 in Paris he received a special prize for the interpretation of Eric Tanguy‘s „Invocation“. That same year he won the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award in London.

He has given debuts with important orchestras such as the London Philharmonia under Danail Rachev (Dvorak), the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin under Marek Janowski (Tchaikovsky) and the NDR Radio Philharmonic under Eivind Gullberg Jensen (Dvorak). Moreover he has worked as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Northern Sinfonia, DSO Berlin and the Malmö and Norrköping Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, Dennis Russell-Davies, Cornelius Meister, Michael Sanderling, Marc Soustrot and Christian Kluxen.

In chamber music, Gabriel Schwabe regularly performs with artists such as Isabelle Faust, Christian Tetzlaff, Albrecht Mayer, Lars Vogt, Kirill Gerstein and Jonathan Gilad. In 2010 he gave his recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Kronberg Festival, Amsterdam Biennale and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

In 2015, Gabriel Schwabe signed an exclusive recording contract with record label Naxos. His debut CD (Brahms Sonatas and Songs with pianist Nicholas Rimmer) was released the same year. A recording of the complete works for Cello and Orchestra by Saint-Saens with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under Marc Soustrot was released in October 2017 to great critical acclaim.

Gabriel Schwabe was born in Berlin to German-Spanish parents. He studied with Catalin Ilea at the University of Arts in Berlin and with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy and recieved further impulses from Janos Starker, Gary Hoffmann and Gidon Kremer. He plays a rare Italian instrument built in Brescia (ca.1600), a generous loan from a private collection.