By Michael Raia.

By Michael Raia.

     Gabriela Gonzalez is one of the many musicians produced by Venezuela´s “El Sistema” which was founded by José Antonio Abreu in 1975. This program includes more than one million children from around the country and is committed to excellence, discipline, and respect.

     Mrs. González, is a graduate of Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela with Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. She also studied at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Caracas with Professor Omar Ascanio. Gabriela was Principal Bassoonist with the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra for seven years, during which time the orchestra played in prestigious Festivals (Beethoven Festival 2010 in Bonn, Salzburg Festival 2013) and prominent Halls including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus of Vienna, and Het Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. Also, she has had the honor to be conducted by Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel and Frühbeck de Burgos.

     As a soloist, she has played several times in Venezuela (1st Soloists Festival 2010, 1st International Bassoon Festival 2013, 2nd Chamber Music Festival 2010, 1st Bassoon Festival 2006 and 1st Viva Vivaldi Festival 2009). Through El Sistema, Ms. Gonzalez also taught in several music schools in Caracas starting in 2011, working both with beginners and advanced bassoonists. 

     Gabriela served as guest principal bassoon at Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra, performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and recorded Mozart's Serenade in E-flat major, K.375 with the West Point Band during 2013-2014 season. In 2015, Gabriela won the Concerto Competition with the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, ensemble that she served as principal bassoon from 2014 to 2016. She also was one of the 2015 recipients of the BCC Music Scholarship. In 2016 she played with various ensembles based in New York City such as Decoda and Metropolis Ensemble.

     Gabriela earned her Master of Music degree at Purchase College at SUNY Conservatory of Music under Adrian Morejon. Other notable teachers include Klaus Thunnemann, Hening Trog, Matthias Racz, Laurent Lefevre, Giorgio Versiglia, George Sakakeny, Kim Laskowski, Daniel Matsukawa and Whitney Crocket. She has also participated since 2003 with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, in Master Classes.

     Currently, she works as a freelancer, private instructor in Westchester County and is member of Frisson, ensemble based in New York City and the Wind Ensemble Society of NYC as well. Also, she regularly performs with Miami Symphony Orchestra as a guest principal bassoon player since past 2016. 

     Gabriela lives with her husband violinist Gustavo Briceño in Westchester County, NY.