Conservatory of Music & Dance

Gabriel Kastelic

Violin

Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Gabriel began his violin studies at an early age with Bill van der Sloot at Medicine Hat College. When Bill moved to Calgary, Gabriel continued his studies with Norbert Boehm at the University of Lethbridge. After a number of years, Gabriel returned to MHC to study with Michael van der Sloot.  

Upon graduating high school, Gabriel was accepted into Mount Royal University (MRU) and began studying once again with Bill van der Sloot. At MRU, Gabriel completed a Diploma Program in Music Performance as well as the Advanced Performance Program offered by the Mount Royal Conservatory.  

Throughout the course of his career, Gabriel has competed in many competitions representing Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Calgary at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival in solo performance and chamber music on both violin and viola.  In 2012, his ensemble— the MRU String Trio—won first place in the chamber music category of the Canadian National Music Festival.  Gabriel is also an accomplished orchestral player, having performed in concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony, and the Symphony of the Kootenays.

In addition to performance, Gabriel has extensive teaching experience.  From 2010-2012, he was professor of violin and viola for the Calgary Multicultural Orchestra, a group dedicated to providing music education for low-income families in southeast Calgary. He has also taught students privately since 2008.  

In September 2012, Gabriel moved to Montreal to study violin at McGill University under acclaimed violinist Axel Strauss.  He is now very excited to be back in southern Alberta with his wife Grace to take on the role of violin instructor at MHC.