Gabriele Thielmann-Vriend is an Edmonton based violinist specializing in baroque and classical performance. She holds a Master of Music degree from McGill University, a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) performer’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Gabriele was a two-time winner of the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition and gave her orchestral debut as a concerto soloist in 2007 in Edmonton’s Winspear Centre. She has performed as concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra Canada, UBC Symphony Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, and Edmonton Youth Orchestras. In 2013, Gabriele travelled to Bangalore, India with select members of NYOC alumni to participate in the first ever Canada-India Youth Orchestra project.
In addition to playing classical violin, Gabriele also actively performs on baroque violin. She has pursued baroque studies primarily in Toronto with members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Gabriele has attended several Tafelmusik Artist Training Institutes and has participated in masterclasses with renowned baroque violinists Mira Glodeanu, Cecilia Bernardini, and Elisa Citterio.
Gabriele received many scholarships throughout her studies. Of particular note are the Winspear Fund and Ranald and Vera Shean Memorial Scholarships, granted through the Edmonton Community Foundation. In addition, she received a UBC faculty nomination for the Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholarships, and was a recipient of Alberta’s coveted Arts Graduate Scholarship in 2014.
Gabriele performs regularly with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and Early Music Alberta. As a registered music teacher, she runs a private teaching studio, and reaches many young students in her teaching through the Music Enrichment Program.