"Hugely impressive and refreshingly straightforward"
"fresh-faced, full of vitality..."
Gabriel Schwabe is a laureate of three of the world‘s most prestigious cello competitions: the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in Berlin, the Concours Rostropovich in Paris and the Pierre Fournier Award in London. As a soloist, he has worked with important orchestras such as the London Philharmonia, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the DSO Berlin, the Malmö and Norrköping Symphony Orchestras and the NCPA Orchestra Beijing with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, Dennis Russell-Davies, Cornelius Meister, Michael Sanderling and Marc Soustrot.
In chamber music, Gabriel Schwabe regularly performs with artists such as Isabelle Faust, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, Kirill Gerstein and Enrico Pace. 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.
Since 2015, he has been an exclusive recording artist with the record label Naxos. His debut CD (Brahms Sonatas and Songs with pianist Nicholas Rimmer) was released the same year. Releases with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under Marc Soustrot, the Royal Northern Sinfonia under Lars Vogt and the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Antoni Wit followed 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 received further stimulus from Janos Starker, Gary Hoffmann and Gidon Kremer.
He is a cello professor at the HfMT Cologne and the Conservatorium Maastricht. He is married to violinist Hellen Weiß and plays a cello by Giuseppe Guarneri (Cremona, 1695).