Taras Gabora

Taras Gabora enjoys a worldwide reputation as a violinist and teacher of great distinction. An active soloist and chamber musician throughout his career, Taras Gabora performed in major cities in Canada, USA, Italy, France, England, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Japan, Korea and China. 

He was the founding member of the chamber music ensembles «Trio Tre Musici» (Milan), Chamber Music Chicago, Le Groupe Baroque de Montréal, Vienna Academy String Quartet and the Gabora String Quartet (Montreal). His teaching career included posts at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, McGill University (Montreal), Conservatoire de Montréal, St. Louis Conservatory of Music, University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music. In 1996 he founded and was music director of the «Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Summer Music in Italy», which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. He gives master classes in Vienna, Beijing, Seoul, Los Angeles, Mainz, Milan, Odessa, Baku and major universities in Canada including Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria.

He frequently represents USA and Canada on juries of international competitions including the Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow), Paganini International Violin Competition (Genoa), 1989, 1996, 2001, the Sarasate International Competition (Bilbao, Spain), the Ifrah Neaman International Violin Competition (Mainz), theYankelevich International Violin Competition (Omsk, Russia), the Whitaker International Competition (St. Louis, USA) and others.

Taras Gabora has had numerous prize winning students in national and international competitions: Paganini Competition (Genoa), the Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow), the Yuri Yankelevich International Violin Competition (Omsk, Russia), the Montreal International Competition, the Scheveningen International Competition (Netherlands), the Grumiaux Competition, the Jacques Thibaud Competition (Paris) and others. 

Several of his students are members of internationally known string quartets such as the Shanghai, Molinare and Alcan Quartets, many are professional orchestral players in numerous cities worldwide (including the First Concertmaster Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra) and several hold teaching positions in Vienna, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and  Phoenix (AZ). 

A graduate of the Vienna Hochschule, his teachers included Yuri Yankelevich, Henryk Scheryng, Symon Goldberg, René Benedetti and Ernst Moramec. 

He plays a Carlo Giuseppe Testore violin made in 1708.