Recognized as one of today’s finest classical guitarists, Gabriel Bianco has won First Prize in some of the most prestigious international competitions, including, the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar Competition (San Francisco, USA 2008) and the Koblenz International Guitar Competition, “Hubert Käppel” (Koblenz, Germany 2007). In 2011, he was nominated “Révélation Classique” from the Society for the Collective Administration of Performers’ Rights in France.
Born into a family of musicians, Gabriel Bianco started playing the guitar at the age of five. At sixteen he entered the National Superior Paris Conservatory for Music and Dance where he graduated with highest honors in guitar and chamber music.
Gabriel has performed in over forty countries and in many of the most renowned festivals and concert halls. He has been a featured artist at the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades and Theatre du Chatelet in Paris (France), the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia, Philharmonie Concert Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, Luis Angel Arango Library of Bogotá, Colombia, Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, Musashino Art Center in Tokyo, Japan and the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, USA.
As a solo recitalist, Gabriel performs music from the Baroque to contemporary with an emphasis on music from the Romantic period and music of Spain. Many composers have dedicated works for him. As a soloist with orchestra, Gabriel has performed concerti with the Koblenz City Orchestra (Germany), the Aukso Orchestra (Poland), Lipetsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), and the Romanian Radio Orchestra. Audience, colleagues and critics have commented that in concert, Gabriel and his guitar become one. They recognize that the elegance and colors of his playing exude a unique approach to all of the repertoire he explores.
Passionate about chamber music, Gabriel is a founding member of the Eclisses Guitar Quartet which was formed in 2012. The quartet won France’s National Federation of Parents’ Associations of Conservatory Students chamber music competition in 2013 and became a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. The Quartet has released three recordings: Guitares (2013), Invitation Française (2015), and Pulse (2017). Gabriel often collaborates with other instrumentalists and singers and released the CD Divertissement with oboist Michaela Hrabankova in 2017.
Gabriel has recorded two solo albums. Laureate Guitar Series was recorded on the Naxos label in 2007 and his latest solo recording, Capricci, was released in 2015 by Ad Vitam Records.
Gabriel Bianco is a Savarez strings artist.