Gabrielle Després


Canadian violinist Gabrielle Després has garnered numerous awards, most recently winning First Prizes at the Juilliard Concerto Competition (2022) and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition (2020). She also earned Second Prize in the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, and the 2022 Washington International String Competition. As a soloist, Gabrielle has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton, and from 2021/22, has served as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music at Juilliard as a recipient of a Kovner Fellowship, where she studies with Catherine Cho and Donald Weilerstein. Her former teachers include Masao Kawasaki, Joseph Lin, Robert Uchida and James Keene. Gabrielle plays on a Zosimo Bergonzi violin, generously on loan from CANIMEX INC., Drummondville, Québec, Canada. She gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation in supporting her education and career development.