Gareth Lubbe

April 04, 2011 

Gareth Lubbe is Principal Violist in the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, and teacher at the the „Felix Mendellsohn Bartholdy“ Musikhochschule.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he received his first musical education on Piano and Violin at the age of four. He made his debut with orchestra when he was nine years of age after which he received numerous prizes at national and regional competitions. He also performed as pianist with the SABC orchestra and conducted the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. After studies in South Africa with Pienaar Fourie, Annemarie Swanepoel, Hester Beukes and Joseph Stanford he went on to study in Germany where he did his first degree in Violin with Gorjan Kosuta in Cologne whilst receiving Chamber Music lessons from the Alban Berg Quartett. He later did his masters in Viola with Barbara Westphal in Luebeck. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician with ensembles throughout Europe, America and Asia and has worked regularly as principal violist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, performing and recording with conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Daniel Harding amongst others.

Since 1996, Mr Lubbe has worked in close collaboration with the New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist and composer Hayden Chisholm, with whom he has performed in various parts of the world. Together they were commisioned to create the music for certain productions at the Deutsche Schauspielhaus in Hamburg.

He has also been a member of the ensemble „Gelberklang“, known in Europe for their work in the contemporary music scene and workshops on free improvisation with young classical musicians. They have recorded for BBC and other major European radio stations.

As acclaimed overtone singer, Mr Lubbe performs and gives workshops around the world. In 2005 he was invited by the Goethe Institute to perform at an ethnic festival in the Altay mountains of southern Siberia where this polyphonic vocal technique has always been a vital element of their folk music.


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