Montreal native Gabriel Globus-Hoenich’s career reflects a deep diversity of talent, with extensive forays in the worlds of jazz, classical music, and world music as a drummer, percussionist, composer, and teaching artist. As a busy jazz drummer, Gabriel has performed with a multitude of jazz greats, including John Swana, Tim Warfield, Pat Bianchi, Orrin Evans, Joe Magnarelli, and Larry McKenna. Gabriel has been featured on drum-set with the Philly Pops, Detroit Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Curtis Institute Symphony among other orchestras. In addition, Gabriel frequently performs chamber music and as a member of Philadelphia’s premier ensemble Dolce Suono has performed premiers of the works of Theo Bleckmann, Steve Mackey, Steven Stuckey, Stratis Minakakis, and David Ludwig.
Gabriel is also one of the founders of Drumming for Social Change, an organization dedicated to researching and developing percussion based educational programming. Gabriel recently spent over five weeks studying Brazilian percussion in Salvador da Bahia, Brasil and researching how percussion and folkloric music can be used as conduit for social change. Gabriel also leads the 12 piece timba band GGH and The People of Earth for whom he composes, arranges, and plays percussion.
A dedicated educator, Gabriel works in Philadelphia schools as a teaching artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Partnership Program as well as El-Sistema-inspired Play on Philly. In 2013, Gabriel was musician in residence at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia where he presented daily workshops to children aged 0-7. Gabriel has also coached percussion at Haverford College and maintains a private studio.
A 2008 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Gabriel has studied with some of the premier percussion teachers in the world, including Kenny Washington, Rodney Green, Don Liuzzi, Robert Van Sice, and Alan Abel.