Saxophonist, musicologist, and composer Lukas Gabric began his musical education at the Conservatory of Carinthia in his native country Austria. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New School University in New York, a Master of Arts from the City College of New York, a postgraduate Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and currently pursues a PhD in musicology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Gabric was selected as a member of the European Generations Unit 2012 - an ensemble consisting of winners of the Swiss generations competition. In 2013 he was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington D.C., placed third in the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition in Urbana-Champaign/IL 2014 and received the Best Soloist and Audience Choice Awards at the Getxo Jazz Festival 2014 in Spain. Gabric's composition Fire Dance was awarded with an ASCAP Herp Alpert Composition Award in 2016. While maintaining a busy performance and recording schedule, Gabric works as a lecturer for music history and theory at the City College of New York, and serves as saxophone faculty for The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program (MAP).
In 2018, Gabric received the Bruno Gironcoli Award as well as the Cultural Distinction Award (Kulturehrenzeichen) of his hometown Villach. His musicological writings include publications in German and English.
Gabric is the initiator and organizer of the annual Carinthian International Jazz Award and recently recorded an album with string quartet and jazz rhythm section which will appear by the end of the year 2018. The album Labor of Love features original comositions by Gabric as well as arrangements by composer Alexander Liebermann. Show less