Who is Gabriel Gordon?

Gabriel Gordon, violinist, conductor, composer, and arranger, has been performing professionally for over 35 years. As a violinist, Gabriel studied with Jonathan Strasser, Laura Hamilton, Rafail Sobelevsky, Eugene Drucker and Jascha Brodsky.

He has performed with many orchestras such as the American Symphony, Philomusica New York, the Santa Fe Symphony, and the New Mexico Philharmonic. Mr. Gordon is a founding member of the Daponte String Quartet, and Trio Excelsior!, and has enjoyed performing on many Chamber Music series in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, New Mexico, and Utah.

A Dynamic Concert Violinist

In 2015, Mr. Gordon founded NEXT Ensemble – a new and unique chamber collective with a several concert series in Ogden and has had several of his compositions and arrangements premiered there. Gabriel is also a violinist with Chamber Orchestra Ogden having served as concertmaster. Recently, Gabriel has been found freelancing in the Salt Lake City area, performing with many ensembles including Ballet West, and in March of 2022 was invited by the Utah Jazz to perform his own arrangement of "The State Anthem of Ukraine" before the game for a sold-out crowd of over 18,000 people.  It was the first time in NBA history that a national anthem besides the United States or Canadian national anthems had been played before an NBA game. The event was covered by articles in The Independent, Newsweek, People Magazine, and the local ABC, Fox, and NBC affiliates in Utah.

Gabriel Gordon at NBA


Gabriel studied with some of the great luminaries of conducting including Kenneth Kiesler, Gustav Meier, Harold Farberman, David Gilbert, and Jonathan Strasser. He made his professional conducting debut in 1998, and has since enjoyed a varied career conducting professional and youth orchestras across the United States, Australia, and Europe. Mr. Gordon has conducted the Santa Fe Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, Chatter, a Chamber Ensemble, the All-State Orchestra in Oklahoma City, and at Santa Fe Opera.

In October of 2001, Gabriel produced and conducted “The Concert for Humanity” in reaction to the events of 9/11. The performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony raised $30,000 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Music Director

Gabriel served as Music Director and Conductor of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program from 2007-2014, leading the orchestra in tours to Chicago, Australia, Austria, and in 2014 to Carnegie Hall in New York City. In August of 2013, The Santa Fe Opera and The Albuquerque Youth Symphony collaborated in a fully staged production of the opera Noah’s Flood by Benjamin Britten with Mr. Gordon as the conductor to wide acclaim.

In 2015, Gabriel became Conductor of the Davis Youth Symphony Program, and in 2018 was asked to guest conduct Chamber Orchestra Ogden and Imagine Ballet for their productions of “Fairyopolis” and the U.S. premiere of “Konservatoriet”. In 2019, Gabriel served as the Cover Conductor for Ballet West’s 75th anniversary of “The Nutcracker”, and in 2020 he created a new elite youth string ensemble, the Ogden Camerata.