Violinist Gabriele Thielmann began studying in Edmonton at the age of three. Her first teachers were Robert Hryciw and James Keene. She performed as concertmaster of the Edmonton Youth Orchestras and was a two-time winner of the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition which led to solo performances in the Winspear Centre in 2007 and 2009. In 2010, she placed first in the 18 and under category of the Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival in Alberta. That same year, she attained an Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) performer’s diploma through the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Gabriele pursued Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Jasper Wood, David Gillham and Nancy DiNovo. Gabriele was concertmaster of the UBC Symphony Orchestra from 2012-2014, and also appeared as guest concertmaster of the West Coast Symphony in the fall of 2013.
Gabriele completed a Master’s degree in violin performance at McGill University under the direction of Axel Stauss. During her time at McGill, she held the position of principal second violin in the McGill Baroque Orchestra.
Between 2011 and 2013, Gabriele performed and toured with the National Youth Orchestra Canada, and in 2013 performed as the orchestra’s concertmaster. That same year she travelled to Bangalore, India with select members of NYOC alumni to participate in the first ever Canada-India Youth Orchestra.
In addition to playing classical violin, Gabriele has also recently discovered her interest in baroque violin, which has skyrocketed within the last year. She has pursued studies primarily in Toronto with members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, including Jeanne Lamon, Julia Wedman, Christina Zacharias and Christopher Verette. Gabriele attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in 2015, and the Winter Institute in 2016. She also participated in the Baroque Mentors Program masterclasses, where she performed for Cecilia Bernardini and Mira Glodeanu.
Gabriele has received many scholarships throughout her studies. Of particular note are the Winspear Fund and Ranald and Vera Shean Memorial Scholarships, granted through the Edmonton Community Foundation. Gabriele received a faculty nomination for the Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholarships, UBC’s most prestigious scholarships which recognize outstanding academic performance, leadership and involvement in extra curricular and student activities. In 2014, Gabriele was a recipient of Alberta’s Arts Graduate Scholarship, which was awarded to 7 Albertans pursuing graduate studies in the Arts. She has Suzuki teacher training and is accepting new students on Tuesdays.