Gabrielle Skinner



Gabrielle Skinner is a violist working primarily in Houston, Texas. A versatile and accomplished musician, she holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s degree from Rice University.

In the 2017/18 season, Gabrielle Skinner won the Harmony Fellowship with the New Haven Symphony as well as a Diversity Fellowship with Orpheus Chamber orchestra where she will be performing with the symphony as well as working in the community and local schools. Ms. Skinner is passionate about teaching and is devoted to empowering young minds with the knowledge of music. She has participated in programs dedicated to bringing relief to those in need at both the Cleveland Clinic and Texas Children’s Hospital. She is also an active member with the Sphinx Organization, a group dedicated to bringing diversity to the arts. Gabrielle is educated in Suzuki Pedagogy and Viola Pedagogy, and has maintained a private studio in addition to teaching at Cleveland School of the Arts and Rice University. Gabrielle also enjoys freelance work; a recent highlight was performing with 2Cellos on their Texas tour showcasing their new album.


“refreshing and edgy”

Steve Brockman

The Artsong

Ms. Skinner has studied with leading viola pedagogues Kirsten Docter and Ivo van der Werff, who have largely shaped who she is as a musician today.

Ms. Skinner has performed in masterclasses for Heidi Castleman, Jeffrey Irvine, Jutta Puchhammer-S├ędillot, David Holland, Mark Jacobs, Sabina Thatcher and Roger Tapping. She has also performed in chamber music masterclasses for David Geber, Mark Steinberg, Cavani String Quartet, Miami String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, American String Quartet and Jupiter Quartet. She has been a scholarship recipient to programs throughout the United States, earning fellowships to Aspen Music Festival, North American Viola institute, Meadowmount School of Music, and Strings Music Festival. In 2016, Gabrielle became a founding member of the award winning Kamila Quartet, with whom she attended the Robert Mann Institute in January 2017. In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys playing chamber music, knitting, and watching cooking shows. Gabrielle plays a custom made 2013 viola by Geoffrey Ovington.



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Work with Gabrielle

Teaching, Weddings, Special Events, Community Outreach

As well as a thriving concert schedule, Gabrielle is an aspiring pedagogue and is available for private functions and events.

Gabrielle is constantly expanding her skills in the arts and is always looking for more opportunities to collaborate and work with other musicians or artists. She teaches both Violin and Viola, and regularly plays for weddings, work functions, orchestra and chamber concerts. She is currently accepting students to her private studio in Connecticut.

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Natalie Gaynor