I am a violinist who plays many types of music: classical, pop, rock, fiddle, jazz, gypsy etc. I can work as a soloist or with other musicians including piano, guitar or string ensembles. My experience and repertoire for string quartets, trios and strolling violins is second to none. Once I have details of the event, I will know if sound equipment is needed, I will then bring whatever sound reinforcement, effects, loops etc. that are needed to create the best possible musical ambiance for the event.
We hired Edgar to play an 'Irish themed' engagement party for a young couple. We had a friend in town from Scotland who taught us all how to do some reels and jigs. Edgar was wonderful in terms of being patient while we learned the dance moves and then continuously playing and allowing us to get our groove on. He was wonderful and also played for a Irish dancer that we had in the group. It was really great to have him be a part of our celebration! I wish I could attach the videos taken because they are wonderful. Thanks Edgar!
Edgar played solo at a Sunday brunch Wedding shower and he was delightful and flexible and really made the event a special day.
Can’t say enough about what a positive experience we had with Edgar from start to finish!! Thank you very much for making our event one we will never forget!!!!
Edgar was very helpful in organizing his set up, music and playing time to fit our needs perfectly. Just simply great to work with and in particular very considerate.
This is an amazing musician. Edgar Gabriel made my song go up in quality several notches when in the studio by the fact he was able to read my violin arrangement and play it precisely. But, after hearing the violin part that I wrote, I needed more dynamic and I did not write it into the sheet music. So, Edgar was able to experiment with me on the exact right "feel" of those musical sections. He did not resent any time spent doing this or cop an attitude. He felt comfortable with trying many things 'cuz, Edgar is a real PRO. He kept at it 'till he "nailed it"! This is important to me as a Producer and arranger that someone has a great attitude and Edgar is that kind of kind-hearted-servant Professional!
So, Edgar went out of his way to come in on a studio project of mine with a Jewish Jazz song that I arranged. Within a few days, Edgar was able to make himself available to squeeze in time to come into the studio within a few days. It was a challenging for me to find his kind of skill in this kind of genre. Edgar learned the song and was prepared to perform efficiently and accurately, on the clock, with total energy! He did the whole recording in less than a hour with several tracks and with all the experimental creativity involved.
Edgar's solo performance was fantastic. Anyone who has heard this song so far, even before I released it, says how awesome the violin solo is. It cranked the heat way up as Edgar performed on electric violin throughout the song that added a sizzling solo in the Bridge.
Believe me, I am not wasting time on looking for anyone else with needing a creative skilled violinist in these genres. I know I will call on Edgar to do more work in the future. He showed up earlier to the studio than me and I'm picky about being prompt.
You will be doing yourself a favor to hire Edgar for any event and especially recording!
Looking for a gifted violinist who will knock your socks off with his gorgeously soulful music? It is with great admiration, total confidence, and endless appreciation that I highly recommend Edgar Gabriel, a virtuoso who will undoubtedly bring the type of joy that only beautiful music can to an event. On top of being one of the most talented and skilled musicians I've ever heard, he is also a warm and engaging gentlemen who knows how to captivate an audience. Edgar is the consummate professional, and a true master of his art. His versatility and insight enabled him to delight the broad range of ages and musical tastes present at my event. I look for the opportunity to hire him again!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 300 minutes
Languages: English, German
Insurance: $25 - It is provided through the musicians union AFof M 10-208
Phone Number: Call
Edgar Gabriel began his classical violin studies with members of the Chicago Symphony and his abilities to play music other than classical have led him to perform with many great musical legends such as Ray Charles, Plant & Page, and Smokey Robinson. He has worked with many renown-performing ensembles including Cirque du Soleil and Steppenwolf Theatre and played on countless recording sessions including Cd’s for Cheap Trick, Rachel Barton Pine and the Plain White T’s. Edgar has great experience performing weddings and corporate events for over 25 years in the finest hotels and restaurants including a year as resident violinist for high tea and dinner at the famed Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. Edgar is one of the foremost experts on the electric violin and can be heard regularily performing with his band StringFusion. His educational publications and compositions under the name String Groove® are used by music educators and performed worldwide to teach rock, blues, jazz and fiddle to students. Edgar holds bachelors in music from NIU and masters in jazz composition from DePaul University. Mr. Gabriel is currently is on the music faculties Elmhurst College and William Rainey Harper College.
Past Booked Events
|October 06, 2018 • 6:30pm - 11:30pm||Wedding Engagement|
|August 26, 2018 • 11:30am - 1:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|August 17, 2018 • 6:30pm - 7:00pm||Birthday Party|
|February 13, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 27, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|