Diego Gabete-Rodriguez

Violin

Hometown: Zaragoza, Spain

Alma maters: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, B.M., M.M.; Columbus State University, A.D.; West Virginia University, D.M.A.

Twitter: @gabetevil

Photos by Matt Dine and Shaun Mader

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Appearances: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, WV, 2014–16; Bowdoin International Summer Festival, 2011

What is your earliest memory of classical music? The earliest memory I have is when I went to a Carmina Burana concert with my parents.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? When I was in conservatory in Spain I started playing with the Spanish Youth Orchestra. I then realized that playing high quality music with your best friends, traveling around the world, and discovering other cultures was what I wanted to do.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? I think that live concerts should involve audiences much more. That way we could redefine the concert experience. One idea is that the inclusion of technology at live orchestral concerts will help engage with new audiences.

Who is your biggest inspiration? My parents

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? I have had many—that’s the beauty of it. My debut with TŌN at Carnegie Hall, or being on tour across Europe are some of my favorite experiences as a musician.

Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? When I was a student in London I forgot my violin in a kebab shop. When I asked for it next morning, they told me they had sold it for 10 pounds. As I was panicking they started laughing and told me they were joking, and gave me back my violin!

Favorite band: Pink Floyd

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Trumpet. I would love to play those epic fanfares!!

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Soccer player

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Perseverance and intelligent practice is what makes the difference!