"It doesn't matter what the genre of music is, as long as it's good music."

Whether playing in a symphony orchestra, a country band, a rock band, or musical theater, Gabriel Monticello is always professional and brings a sense of excitement to every performance. His love for all types of music is evident in the eclecticism of his musical career.

Gabe's musical journey began as a lead singer for a hard core metal band. From there he took up bass guitar, studying with Bill Brown, and played in numerous bands including Emerald Spirit and Young Country.

Gabe received a Bachelors degree in Music Performance from Valdosta State University where he studied Kontrabass with Dr. James Barket and studied Composition with Dr. Douglass Spaniol, Mr. Ed Barr, and Dr. Tayloe Harding. As a bassist Gabriel was a member of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the State Musical Theater of Georgia.

Gabe earned his Masters in Music from the University of Florida where he studied bass with Mr. Kevin Cassiday and studied composition with Dr. Budd Udell, Dr. Paul Richards, and Dr. Mark Engebretson. He also studied Electronic Composition with Dr James Sain and served as principal Bass for the University of Florida Symphony and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra.

Gabriel currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and performs in numerous bands including Spaceseed, The Ghosts Project, and Space Mirrors . He is the principal bassist of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and The Chamber Cartel. Gabriel Also performs with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Savannah Philharmonic, and the Macon Symphony Orchestra. He has played with many artists including Sarah McLachlan, Chris Tomlin, Walfredo Reyes Jr, and János Starker.

As an educator, Gabriel teaches private lessons at The Music Loft in Lawrenceville, GA and is faculty for the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival. Gabriel has given clinics for The University of Florida's Bass Bash, Valdosta State University's Day of Double Bass, and The Atlanta Music Project as well as many elementary, middle and high schools throughout Georgia and Florida.

His diverse compositional pallet includes chamber music, works for theater, ballets, rock, jazz, and movie sound tracking. Gabriel has composed music for the PBS documentary Natural Heroes, and the films Always remember the little things and Red light runners. You can learn more about Gabriel at www.gabrielmonticello.com