Gabrielle Després

Gabrielle Després
United States Canada


Violin 2023

Competitors 2023


Canadian-born violinist Gabrielle Després is the winner of numerous competitions, most recently first prize in the 2022 Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the 2020 Irving M. Klein International String Competition. She was included in CBC’s list of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30 for 2020.

As a soloist, Gabrielle has performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton. In 2021, she served as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.

At the Juilliard School, Gabrielle received a Bachelor of Music and is now pursuing a Master of Music degree as a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.

Gabrielle plays on a Zosimo Bergonzi violin, ca. 1760-1770, graciously provided by CANIMEX INC., from Drummondville, Quebec. Her studies are supported by The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Anne Burrows Music Foundation, and the Edmonton Community Foundation.


Principal teachers

  • Catherine Cho, 2022 
  • Donald Weilerstein, 2022 
  • Joseph Lin, 2020-2022 
  • Masao Kawasaki, 2018-2022 
  • Robert Uchida, 2016-2018 
  • James Keene, 2006-2015  


Major Competitions  

  • Washington International Competition 2022, 2nd prize 
  • Juilliard Concerto Competition 2022, 1st prize 
  • Shean Strings Competition 2021, 2nd prize 
  • Irving M. Klein International String Competition 2020, 1st prize




JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 
I. Adagio
II. Fugue

JESSIE MONTGOMERY Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42 
III. Mélodie 

MAURICE RAVEL Rhapsody for Violin and Piano, M. 76: Tzigane 



PianistJinhee Park


Gabrielle Després s generously sponsored by Janine Bombardier and Sadok Besrour. 



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