Gabe Sobieski was the Principal Percussion of the Toledo Symphony. Prior to his appointment with the Toledo Symphony, he held positions with the Mansfield Symphony as Principal Percussion, the Honolulu Symphony as Assistant Principal Percussion, the Canton Symphony and the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. As a native of Baltimore, he studied at the Peabody Preparatory Department with Leo LePage of the Baltimore Symphony. Gabe received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Richard Weiner and Paul Yancich of the Cleveland Orchestra. He furthered his studies at the Cleveland State University with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Gabe has performed as a regular substitute player with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Opera and Ballet. In addition, he has also performed on numerous concerts as an extra percussionist with the Cleveland Orchestra, including their 2005 tour of the West Coast.
Gabe can be heard on a number of recordings, most notably with the New World Symphony, playing Milhauds Creation of the World (BMG Classics label), and the Honolulu Symphony on Rosemary Clooney,s final concert (Concord Record label). In 2005 Gabe was one of four featured soloists with the Toledo Symphony performing Bartoks Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion. He has toured with orchestras and brass groups throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Hong Kong. In addition to touring, Gabe was invited to perform for a winter with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand, and spent two summers in Italy with the Spoleto Opera