Gareth Lubbe


Gareth Lubbe is currently Principal Violist in the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, and has been a teacher at the the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Musikhochschule. He recently accepted a Viola Professorship at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, a post he will take up in Spring 2013.

Born 1976 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Gareth received his first musical education on Piano and Violin at the age of four. He made his debut with orchestra when he was nine years old afterwhich he received numerous prizes at national and regional competitions. He also performed as pianist with the Radio orchestra of South Africa and conducted the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra.

After studies in South Africa with Pienaar Fourie, Annemarie Swanepoel, Hester Beukes and Joseph Stanford he went on to study in Germany where he did his first degree in violin with Gorjan Kosuta in Cologne whilst receiving chamber music lessons from the Alban Berg Quartet. He later did his masters in viola with Barbara Westphal in Luebeck.

Gareth Lubbe has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, America, Africa and Asia and has worked regularly as principal violist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, performing and recording with conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Daniel Harding amongst others.

Since 1996, Gareth has worked in close collaboration with the New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist and composer Hayden Chisholm, with whom he has performed in various parts of the world. Together they were commisioned to create music at the Deutsche Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. The collaboration has also led to work with the artist Rebecca Horn with whom Chisholm has been a creative partner for many years.

Gareth has also been a member of the ensemble "Gelberklang", known in Europe for their work in the contemporary music scene and workshops on free improvisation with young classical musicians. They recorded for BBC and other major European radio stations.

As acclaimed overtonesinger, Gareth performs and gives active lectures around the world. In 2011 he held regular overtone-singing workshops with the Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig which resulted in performances in the Thomas Church. In 2005 he was invited by the Goethe Institute to perform at an ethnic festival in the Altay mountains of southern Siberia where this polyphonic vocal technique has always been a vital element of their folk music. Composers have been commisioned to write music for Gareth’s overtonesinging, the most recent being the danish composer Sören Nils Eichberg who wrote a piece for string quartet and overtone singer for the Charlottesville Chamber Music festival in Virginia.