Gabrielle Lester

Gabrielle Lester (also known as Gaby Lester) is an English classical violinist and orchestra leader. She maintains an extensive discography of classical, popular and soundtrack recordings.

Gabrielle Lester
Also known asGaby Lester
Popular music
Orchestra leader
Associated actsMichael Nyman Band


Gaby Lester was born in London, and is recognized for chamber music and as a leader of orchestras in the UK. Lester played principal second violin with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She played principal second violin for five years with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with whom she also played solo at the BBC Proms. Lester was the Associate Leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for five years. She led the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Das Rheingold at the Proms and has guest-led orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Lester is a member of the Barbican Piano trio and coaches at the Royal College of Music. She has directed the Ambache Chamber Ensemble with whom she has recorded chamber music for Chandos Records and has recorded albums with the Michael Nyman Band. She plays regularly at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. Her violin is a Francesco Ruggieri dating from 1670.[1]


A partial listing of Lester's recordings includes:


  1. "Gaby Lester - Violin Mentor". Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  2. Discography
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