Gabriel Ian Gould

Gabriel Ian Gould

Originally from upstate New York, Gabriel is a composer and pianist based in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania.  

Gabriel studied composition at Bard College (with Daron Hagen and Joan Tower), and at the University of Michigan (with William AlbrightWilliam BolcomEvan ChambersBright ShengLeslie Bassett, and C. Curtis-Smith).  While at Michigan, Gabriel developed a fascination with world music, especially klezmer, Javanese gamelan and Indian popular and classical music.  Many of his compositions draw on elements from these and other traditions.  Gabriel has composed many works for voice, including a number of art songs and song cycles, as well as choral music for both secular and sacred performances.  

Gabriel has received commissions from many ensembles, including the Woodstock (NY) Chamber Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Dogs of Desire, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Youth Symphony, as well as from organizations such as Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Omaha, Hamilton College,  Juniata College, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Omaha, NE).  Recognition for his work has come from BMI (Student Composer Awards, 1996 and 1999), Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona (the 2009 Frederic Mompou International Award), the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, and the Yaddo Foundation (residencies in 1999 and 2003).  Gabriel's music has been recorded by the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Dogs of Desire for release on Albany Records, and his violin and piano piece The Devil's Tail is published by Editorial Boileau of Barcelona, Spain.  

Commission Information

Irrational Exuberance!
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December 10, 2000