Gabrielle Halloran studied viola at the VCA with Lawrie Jacks and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Thomas Riebl. During her time in Salzburg, she performed in various chamber ensembles and was tutored by members of the Hagen Quartet. She gave chamber concerts in Paris for the Mozart Bicentenary in 1991 and toured Europe with Salzburg Sinfonietta.
In 1993 Gabby obtained a tutti position with the MSO. Gabby returned to Europe in 1996 on an MSO Friends study grant and attended summer schools in Salzburg (with Thomas Riebl) and Siena (with Yuri Bashmet). She also had lessons with David Takeno in London and Karen Tuttle in New York. Gabby is a regular performer with MSO Chamber Players and enjoys a busy musical life in Melbourne.
Q. What’s your favourite piece of music?
My favourite piece of music is Blackbird by the Beatles! I hope I don’t get in trouble for choosing a pop song but to me it is perfect in its simplicity. I heard Paul McCartney sing it live last year which blew my mind!
Favourite classical piece is Shostakovich Fifth Symphony – incredibly dark music but with a feeling of hope at the end, and a joy to play.
Q. What’s your fondest MSO memory?
My fondest MSO memory is playing Mahler 5 with a youngish Mariss Jansons. I had the flu but couldn’t imagine missing the concert!
Q. What’s something audiences may not know about you?
Something you may not know about me is that I had a secret yearning to be a travel writer. In my youth I was a keen backpacker and often abandoned my viola to travel to Egypt, Greece and Poland (to name a few).