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Flutist Sean Gabriel earned performance degrees from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and the Indiana University School of Music, his principal teachers being William Hebert and James Pellerite. Sean began his performing career in the 1980s with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Gabriel is the principal flutist of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. With the latter group, Mr. Gabriel has participated in dozens of world-premiere performances and recordings including a Grammy Award-winning recording of Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques featuring pianist,Angelin Chang. Mr. Gabriel also recorded founding music director, Edwin London’s work entitled Scenes for Flute and Orchestra. Other composers that have written works for Sean Gabriel include: Matthew Greenbaum, Eric Ziolek, JingJing Luo, Loris Chobanian and Greg D’Alessio. Sean is proud to be a member of the No Exit ensemble, furthering the promotion of new music in the Cleveland area and beyond.

Mr. Gabriel serves on the music faculties of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the Cleveland State University, where he is a frequent recitalist in both solo and chamber music programs
and has been a soloist with both university’s major ensembles. He enjoys bringing rarely heard repertoire to the concert stage and has been an eager supporter of local composers in premiering new works.

Along with his interest in contemporary music, Sean Gabriel has been an active performer of early music, having a long time association with the Baldwin Wallace University Bach Festivals and Riemenschneider Bach Institute, where he has presented a series of recitals featuring the complete flute sonatas of J.S. Bach. Mr. Gabriel is also a member of the Maud Powell Society for Music Education and has given lectures on music history at Cleveland-area high schools.

Sean Gabriel has been a member of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra for over two decades and served as principal flute of the Opera Cleveland Orchestra from 2002 to 2010. He has also performed with the Akron Symphony, Lyric Opera Cleveland and Cleveland Pops Orchestra.