Violin I

Gabriel Schaff, violinist, comes from a strong musical background, beginning his musical studies at age 6. Mr. Schaff studied at Philadelphia’s New School of Music where he coached with the Curtis String Quartet, and at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with violin virtuoso, Erick Friedman.

Mr. Schaff is a free-lance violinist in the greater New York area and appears regularly with many of the leading symphony, opera, and ballet ensembles in the region, in addition to frequent chamber and recital collaborations. Mr. Schaff is the concertmaster of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra, and is the founder and Artistic Director of the Englewood Chamber Players.

Mr. Schaff has performed in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Holland, Russia, Jordan and Egypt. Many of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio and Television, New Jersey Network, as well as many commercial radio and network television stations. In addition to teaching privately, he has been on the faculty of the Westminster Choir College, Eastern Music Festival, JCC on the Palisades, Far Hills Country Day School, and at Rutgers University as a frequent guest performer and a lecturer.

In 2005, Mr. Schaff created the Solo String Quartet, and he is involved in historical research and conservation of bowed stringed instruments. His first full-length book The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family was published in the spring of 2009 and is available world-wide.

Mr. Schaff makes his home in northeastern New Jersey with his daughter, Susannah.