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Violin I

Gabriel Schaff is a violinist, educator, and an internationally recognized author of books and articles pertaining to stringed instruments, the music written for them, the artisans who built them, and the performers who played them. He has performed both chamber and orchestral music on five continents. His first book, “The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family” was praised in the string world as an unprecedented, valuable, and accessible combination of historical, theoretical, and practical information on all aspects of bows. Strad Magazine hailed it as “excellent…well-thought-out and well-written…a valuable contribution to the literature.” His most recent book, TOURTE (2023), was equally well received delivering “an excellent explanation of their (Tourte family’s) lives and activities”. Mr. Schaff has served as the curator and archivist at Classically Connected Inc., (formerly Si-Yo Music Society Foundation) and was the central creator of their fine instrument database and registry which went live in 2022. As an educator and historian, he has served on the faculties of Essex County College, Felician College and has been a guest lecturer at Oberlin College, Rutgers University, and the Shanghai Conservatory. In 2020 he created a series of Beethoven lectures presented by the Stamford (CT) Symphony and Ferguson Library and his article, “Rediscovering Haydn’s Three Original Violin Sonatas,” was published in Australia’s Stringendo Magazine. As a professional freelance violinist in New York City, Mr. Schaff continues to perform with several area ensembles (“as soloist, Schaff played the Bach (E major) concerto with aplomb”. Princeton Packet), and has been frequently heard in a diversity of recordings and broadcast media, both public and commercial. He is the founder and director of the Englewood Chamber Players which seeks to present concerts and lectures in underserved communities, and in partnership with other nonprofit organizations. (under construction)