Gabriel grew up in a musical family in Brighton and started learning the violin at the age of four with Andrew Sherwood, having been inspired by two elder sisters and a house full of violins made by his great grandfather. He also studied piano, harmony and composition, developing a long term love of contemporary music.
At 16 he continued his studies at the Purcell School with Maureen Smith and from there he went to the Royal College of Music and gained a Bmus, PGdip and MMus, continuing to study with Maureen Smith, then Yossi Zivoni, with six months at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna under Stefan Kamilarov in the middle.
Gabriel spent three years leading Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra, performing Kurt Weill’s violin concerto with them during that time. He has also performed extensively with his sister Rachel Dyker in a violin/viola duo at venues across the country including St John’s, Smith Square. Gabriel has played with BCMG since 2007 and became a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2008.
“My most vivid experience with BCMG was playing Deep by Shiori Usui while walking along the top balcony at the CBSO Centre. Thankfully the height wasn’t too much of an issue having just returned from Japan where my hotel room was on the fiftieth floor but the feeling of being in a separate world, looking down on a performance and the audience reaction while also taking part was most amazing.”