A native of Philadelphia, violinist Gabriel Schaff studied with the Curtis String Quartet at Philadelphia’s New School of Music before moving to New York City at the age of 17 as a scholarship student of Erick Friedman at the Manhattan School of Music, later serving as his teaching assistant.
Mr. Schaff is a member of New York Scandia Symphony and has been affiliated with, and a tenured member in several professional orchestras in the greater New York area, as well as being an active chamber musician and a recognized teacher and lecturer on the secondary and college levels.
In 1992 he created the Englewood Chamber Players, a community-based group of professional musicians dedicated to performing interactive and historical concerts in the communities in which they live, as well as for populations underserved by live classical performances. His diverse lecture-concerts encompass a wide range of repertoire. Current programs include a retrospective of women composers in celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment, a reassessment of the sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart, and a series of library lectures on the music of Beethoven, in anticipation of his 250th birthday.
Schaff is an internationally recognized author of books and articles pertaining to the history of the violin family and the music written for it, most notably “The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family” and “Rediscovering Haydn’s Three Original Violin Sonatas”. He is on the faculty of Essex County College as a lecturer in the Humanities division, evolving a course entitled “Music in Society”.