Gabriel Lefkowitz

A native of the Boston area, violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz is the Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and an active soloist and chamber musician. A versatile musician of the 21st century, Mr. Lefkowitz is also a conductor and a composer for films and video games.

Lefkowitz made his concerto debut with the Louisville Orchestra in early 2018 performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Following his performance, he was hailed as a “master craftsman… able to cull magnificent sounds and spine-tingling notes out of his instrument.” (

During the 2019-2020 LO season, Lefkowitz will perform as soloist for the Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Neighborhood Series, October) and the Three Pieces from Schindler’s List (Classics Series, October), and will return to the podium as conductor for a program of Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Brahms (Neighborhood Series, October/November.)

In May of 2017, Lefkowitz concluded his tenure as Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, a position he had held since 2011 at the age of 23. Highlights of his final KSO season included performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto and three recitals at the Knoxville Museum of Art as part of the highly successful concert series he founded, Gabriel Lefkowitz & Friends. Recent guest engagements include performances of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Oak Ridge Symphony, Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Ocala Symphony, and performing as guest concertmaster with the Britt Festival Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In July of 2004, at age 16, Mr. Lefkowitz was asked to give a solo performance at the Democratic National Convention’s opening night at the Fleet Center in Boston. His original rendition of “Amazing Grace” was seen live by millions around the world and led to an appearance on the CNN Morning Show, and a special performance for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at the State House in Boston.

He has also performed with several popular rock and indie bands in New York, including Vampire Weekend, with whom he performed in February 2010 on Saturday Night Live. Mr. Lefkowitz was a violinist on the 2010 international Star Wars: In Concert! summer tour.

Lefkowitz has been conducting professional, community, and youth orchestras since 2010. He made his podium debut with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra during the 2015-2016 season in the form of several light classical & pops “runout” performances at venues throughout Knoxville and East Tennessee. He served as Music Director of the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra during the 2014-2015 season and has worked extensively with youth ensembles including the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and the Boston Youth Symphony.

As a composer, Gabriel’s current focus is scoring video games, including the upcoming release Pop-Up Dungeon. His orchestral music has been performed by the Knoxville and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras as well as the Dubuque Festival Orchestra.

Mr. Lefkowitz holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, where he graduated magna cum laude in three years, having studied music and economics. In May of 2010, he earned a Masters in Violin Performance at The Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Smirnoff and Masao Kawasaki.

(Updated August 2019)