Gabe Kastelic (Violin, Violia)

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Gabriel Kastelic began his music studies with Norbert Boehm at an early age.  As he grew older, Gabriel became very active in the Lethbridge strings community, playing in the Lethbridge Youth Strings Association orchestra program, the University of Lethbridge Conservatory Orchestra, and the Coulee Fiddlers.   At the age of 12, Gabriel joined the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and remained a member of the orchestra for 5 seasons.

Upon graduating high school, Gabriel began studying at Mount Royal University where he completed both their Diploma Program in Music Performance as well as the acclaimed Advanced Performance Program offered by the Mount Royal Conservatory.  Following this, Gabriel moved to Montreal where he completed another degree in music performance at McGill University.  During this time as a student Gabriel studied with many world-class teachers including Axel Strauss, Bill van der Sloot, Michael van der Sloot, and Andrée Azar.

Throughout the course of his career Gabriel has performed and competed in many music festivals, culminating in winning first place in the chamber music category of the Canadian National Music Festival with his ensemble, the MRU String Trio.  Gabriel has also remained an active orchestral player, having performed in concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony, and the Symphony of the Kootenays as well as returning to play solo with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in 2015.

Along with performance, Gabriel’s greatest passion in music is teaching.  He began teaching privately at the age of 16 and instantly fell in love with the joy of working with students of all ages.  From 2010-2012, he was professor of violin and viola for the Calgary Multicultural Orchestra, a group dedicated to providing music education for low-income families in southeast Calgary.  From 2014-2018, Gabriel acted as String Academy Director at the Medicine Hat College Conservatory of Music and Dance.  During this time he also provided music education for under-privileged children with the Bring Back the Music Program in the Medicine Hat Public School system and maintained a private studio of violin and viola students.

In 2018, Gabriel was thrilled to return to his hometown of Lethbridge to serve as the Principal Violist of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and take on an instructor position at CASA.