Gabriel Prynn, cello
According to the magazine Musical Toronto: "Prynn has a particularly silken bowing arm and remarkable control. Everything he played was poised, seamless and impeccably shaped."
During his career as a soloist, as a founding member of the Trio Fibonacci, and as a guest artist with diverse ensembles, notably the Ensemble Alternance in Paris, British-born cellist Gabriel Prynn has premiered over sixty new works. He has performed at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre, Merkin Hall in New York, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in association with IRCAM and Radio-France, at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He is regularly featured as a Resident Artist at the Atlantic Music Festival (USA).
Gabriel’s performances have been televised in Canada, Brazil and China as well as broadcasted on Canadian, German, British and Belgian radio networks. He may be heard on Trio Fibonacci CD’s produced by Centrediscs of Toronto (new Canadian piano trios), NMC of London (new British music), on a CD devoted to the music of Belgian composer Denis Bosse (Cyprès) and on a disc dedicated to the music of British composer Jonathan Harvey (ATMA Classique, Canada).
Gabriel has always been passionate about teaching. In addition to his current position at Ohio University, he has taught at such prestigious institutions as the École Normale de Musique (Paris), University of South Africa, University of Curitiba (Brazil), Royal Academy of Music (UK), Conservatory of Belgrade (Serbia), Chicago Youth Symphonies, Conservatory of Nagoya (Japan), Hochschule Hanns Eisler (Berlin, Germany) and at the University of Oxford (UK). Young people who study with Gabriel learn to master a diverse range of repertoire, from the Baroque to the 21st century. He helps students to feel comfortable in the full compass of the cello, improve their intonation and learn the complete palette of bow strokes. They develop a sense of style, fullness of sound, and discover how to make their interpretations more compelling. As a long-time yoga practitioner, Gabriel assists his students in maximizing body potential and awareness, in minimizing risk of injury, and he generally promotes a healthy approach to the demands of the profession.
Gabriel’s most influential teachers were Clive Greensmith (Tokyo Quartet), David Finckel (Emerson Quartet) and Daniel Domb, former Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony and a protégé of Paul Tortelier. It is this strong tradition of cello playing that he passes in to his students.
Gabriel’s fascination for new music has led him to collaborate with some of the most respected composers of our time, notably Mauricio Kagel, Pascal Dusapin, Jonathan Harvey, Georges Aperghis, Hannah Lash, George Tsontakis, and Henri Pousseur. New music presents us with unique technical and interpretive challenges. Gabriel’s guide to the execution and interpretation of post-1950 works, entitled Taming the Cello, aims at providing students, teachers and professionals with new perspectives and practical advice. Excerpts of his guide appeared in the April/May 2018 edition of the American Music Teacher and in the December 2018 issue of the UK magazine The Strad.