A native of Philadelphia, violinist Gabriel Schaff hails from a musical family. His mother was the acclaimed composer and musicologist Claire Polin, and an earlier musical ancestor was the revered 19th century Russian composer and pianist, Anton Rubinstein. At the age of 16, Gabriel was admitted into Philadelphia’s New School of Music before moving to New York City as a scholarship student of Erick Friedman at the Manhattan School of Music, later serving as his teaching assistant.
Mr. Schaff has performed with many professional ensembles in the New York area, and is a recognized teacher and lecturer on the secondary and college levels. With the Englewood Chamber Players, he performs interactive and historical concerts in diverse communities. Current programs include a retrospective of women composers in celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment and lectures on the music of Beethoven in celebration of his 250th anniversary year.
Mr. Schaff is an internationally recognized author of books and articles pertaining to the history of the violin family and the music written for it, most notably “The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family” and “Rediscovering Haydn’s Three Original Violin Sonatas”. He is on the faculty of Essex County College as a lecturer in the Humanities division, evolving a course entitled “Music in Society”. He is also the curator and archivist at the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation and the creator of the Si-Yo Fine Instrument Registry, the first of its kind.