Gabriel Faur, Violoncello

The Cellist Gabriel Faur was born in 1981 in Bucharest, Romania, to a family of musicians, with which he moved in 1987 to Israel. At the age of eight he got his first cello lesson from his father, Cornelius Faur, a cellist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Just two years later, at the age of ten, he played in his first solo public appearance pieces of considerable difficulty such as Popper’s “Elfentanz” and some Paganini caprices – originally written for the violin. Later he studied with Michael Khomitser in Tel-Aviv and after moving to Austria in 1997 with Valentin Erben in Vienna. Since 1998 he has studied in the class of Adalbert Skocic at the Conservatory of music in Vienna where he graduated in 2003 with “Summa cum Laude”. In 2002 he entered the chamber music class of the well-known Altenberg-trio and 2 years later he graduated with “Summa cum Laude”. During the year 2000 he was invited to study with Radu Aldulescu at the “International Menuhin Music Academy-Gstaad”-Switzerland. There he also became a member of the “Camerata Lysy”, with which he played many concerts in Switzerland, Canada, Spain and Argentina under Alberto Lysy ,accompanied by this ensemble he also often played as a soloist in Switzerland, among others at the Victoria-Hall in Geneva. Since 2005 Gabriel is a student at the Lubeck Musikhochschule in the class of Lynn Harrell.

Gabriel Faur had the privilege to meet and to study in master classes or private with such great musicians as J. Starker, A. Parisot, R. Aaron, W. Laufer, A. Lysy, H. Schiff, Y. Hanani, I. Ionescu, F. Helmerson, T. Zimmermann, H. Shaham, C. Mandeal, R. Weinsheimer, D. Geringas, G. Teutsch, A. Niculescu, P. Roczek, J. Smirnov, E. Finke, G. Baich, D. Lutz, C. Hagen, A Arenkow, W. Schulz, B. Kuschnir, M. Maisky, B. Greenhouse and M. Rostropovich. Gabriel Faur is a Prize winner not only of many national competitions in Israel, like the “Julius Burger” America-Israel Cultural Foundation prize, but also of many International Cello Competitions such as: “David Popper” – Hungary , “Johannes Brahms” – Austria, “Citta di Stresa” – Italy , “Gaspar Cassado” – Spain , “Arturo Bonucci” Cello competition – Italy , “Classica-Nova-Shostakovitch” – Germany , “Liezen” – Austria , “Jeunesses Musicales” – Romania.

Gabriel Faur perfected his orchestral experience working and playing as a member of the “Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra” and the “GMJO” (Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester). In the season 2002/03 he was a member of the Radio Symphony Orchestra, “RSO” Vienna and later in 2004/05 member of the Bruckner Orchestra – Linz. In 2004 he was appointed on trial as first principal cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2005 he is the principal cellist of the Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn.

He frequently and passionately plays chamber music in different ensembles. Since 2002 he was member of the “Fidelio Quartet” and in 2006 he founded together with the violonist Konstanze Felber and pianist Maciej Szyrner the “Enigma Trio”. He constantly gives public performances as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in Austria, Italy, Israel, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Germany and Spain. Together with the violinist Lidia Baich he played the J. Brahms double-concerto with the conservatory symphony orchestra of Vienna conducted by Georg Mark at the Culture Center Eisenstadt and in the Golden-Hall of the “Musikverein” in Vienna. He played these concerts on a Guarnerius Cello that was kindly put to his disposal by “Machold-rare violins”, Vienna. In 2003 he premier the work “Quileute Overture”for Cello and Orchestra by Charles Roland Berry with the Moravska Philharmonic Orchestra under Joel Suben. Gabriel Faur is a performing musician of the “Creatives Centrum Vienna” (Austrian composers association) where he premiered many contemporary works all over Austria and abroad.

Gabriel´s instrument is an Anon. cello made in north Italy c. 1780.

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