Who's this guy?
Gabriel Hoe (December 23, 1993) has a lifelong dream - to experience the life and culture in as many different parts of the world as possible, through Music. In order to achieve that, he has dedicated his life to becoming a People Musician - a person who enjoys interacting with others, through Music. People Musician is a term he created for himself, reflecting his awareness of the role he plays in the community at large.
Graduating from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with Honours (Highest Distinction), Gabriel is incredibly grateful to be tutored under Associate Professor Albert Tiu for solo piano and chamber, and Professor Thomas Hecht for duo piano. Looking ahead of his graduation, coupled with the opportunities YSTCM has offered him during his candidature, he strives to be further equipped with the substantial expertise and musicianship to make friends and music around the world.
Gabriel learnt under teachers Lena Ching, Stella Yu and Yeo Kian-Boon before entering the conservatory. With the guidance of these teachers and musicianship gained through his participation in Yamaha's Junior and Senior Special Advanced Course, he attained the Licentiate of The Royal School of Music (LRSM) in Piano Performance in 2011 and as the top scorer, was invited to play at the ABRSM South and East Asia Awards (Graduation) Ceremony.
Having all-rounded performance experiences, Gabriel is capable of integrating himself in a variety of performance capacities. Among all of them, he loves to collaborate with people most and share his perspective of music whenever the opportunity arises.
In Classical music, Gabriel has been the pianist for the Singapore Symphony Children's Choir since 2012 and is a company pianist at Singapore Dance Theatre. He has also been regularly sought after for piano accompaniment, providing accompaniment for solo instruments spanning from piccolo to timpani, for competitions like the Singapore Flute Competition and for festivals such as the Singapore Low Brass Festival.
In musical theatre, he has performed in various musicals at Esplanade Theatre and LASALLE College of the Arts, such as Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress (regarded as Singapore's most successful musical), The Pajama Game, Wedding Singer and Gypsy.
In the Pop and Jazz scene for piano and keyboards, he is a regular substitute for the locally-acclaimed Lorong Boys. In addition to that, he has played various Pop and Jazz tunes for various events at the British and Australian High Commissioner's Residences.
In Japanese Fusion music, he plays keyboards in 2⁴=16, a band he formed together with his friends, for several Japanese cultural events such as D'J Party organised by Singapore Street Festival and Notice Me Senpai organised by Kosic Productions.
On the trumpet, Gabriel has been a part of several projects, such as What is Hip?, Dru Chen and Esplanade Mosaic Festival's Bright Young Things. With those opportunities, he has been able to play on international stages like the Singapore International Jazz Festival and local festivals like Getai Soul. On top of that, he was also a session trumpet player for various artistes, such as Gareth Fernandez, Dru Chen, Chloe Low and Rifat Lockshire.
Piano duets and duos are his favourite collaborations so far. Together with pianist Adriana Chiew, he formed a piano duo named "duodentity" in March 2018 and won 3rd prize at the 6th North West International Piano Ensemble Competition held in November 2018.
He believes that getting in touch with as many counterparts of music will benefit him in many ways and bring him closer to understanding music in its entirety. Besides playing the trumpet (since he was 13) to further enrich the melting pot of his musical experience for his listeners, Gabriel has written compositions and arrangements (of which one had received a standing ovation from Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the 10th Anniversary Sengkang SMC Celebrations), and have explored the technology side of music that includes recording and mixing.
Being a "People Musician", Gabriel hopes to travel the world to make many friends and wonderful music, through as many facets of music as possible.
For fun and leisure, Gabriel absolutely loves to play music rhythm games like Pump it Up, Dance Dance Revolution and Jubeat. Out of music, he loves eating eggs (of any style) and cheese, and will always have room for desserts like vanilla soft serve and gelato. Occasionally, he likes to mimic "Pingu", the penguin in the Swiss-British stop motion clay animation (which led him to having an affection for penguins in real life). If there is a place he could re-visit anywhere in the world, it would be the scenic roads of the South Island in New Zealand.