Gabriel – Cello


Cello Instructor

  • Teaching: 20 yrs
  • Studio: Outremont
  • Metro: Outremont
  • Bus: 80, 160, 161
  • Languages: EN, FR
  • Lesson formats: In-studio, online

Price per lesson

Level Taught:  beginner, intermediate, advanced

I’m a member of the Trio Fibonacci, and after three years as cello professor at Ohio University I am now back in Montreal. I look forward to working with you!

    • I teach all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced students.
    • Learn a wide range of practice techniques.
    • Learn a diverse repertoire, from Baroque to the 21st century.
    • I help my students feel comfortable in all left-hand positions.
    • Improve your intonation and learn the full palette of bow strokes.
    • Develop a sense of style, fullness of sound
    • Discover how an analytical approach can make their interpretations more convincing. 
  • Doctorate from the University of Montreal in 2015.

My most influential teachers were Clive Greensmith (Tokyo Quartet), David Finckel (Emerson Quartet) and Daniel Domb, former Principal of the Toronto Symphony. It is this great tradition of cello playing that I pass on to my students. I received invaluable chamber music coaching from Menahem Pressler, Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet), Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet) and Eberhard Feltz. 

I have always been committed to teaching, an aspect of my career that I adore. In 1999, I started to give workshops with my newly-formed piano trio, Trio Fibonacci. I have since regularly given masterclasses, private lessons, workshops, coached chamber music and led orchestra sectionals around the world during my tours to Asia, Europe, South Africa and Brazil.


According to the magazine Musical Toronto “Prynn has a particularly silken bowing arm and remarkable control. Everything he played was poised, seamless and impeccably shaped.” During his career as a soloist, as a member of the Trio Fibonacci, and as a guest artist with diverse ensembles, notably the Ensemble Alternance in Paris, Gabriel has both resurrected forgotten masterpieces and premiered over sixty new works. Gabriel has performed at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre, Merkin Hall in New York, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in association with IRCAM and Radio-France, at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

He is passionate about teaching, and in addition to his position as Visiting Professor of Cello Ohio University from 2016 to 2019, he has given masterclasses, coached chamber music, and given workshops at such prestigious institutions as the École Normale de Musique (Paris), University of South Africa, University of Curitiba (Brazil), Royal Academy of Music (UK), Conservatory of Belgrade (Serbia), Conservatory of Nagoya (Japan), Hochschule Hanns Eisler (Berlin, Germany) and at the University of Oxford (UK). Excerpts of his book Taming the Cello, a guide to the interpretation of new music for cello, were published in the December 2018 edition of The Strad.

Avenue Northmount, Outremont, Quebec H3S Canada

Online video lessons available

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