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 an Mphil. and Ph.D. in musicology from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.
Lukas 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. Lukas's composition "Fire Dance" was awarded an ASCAP Herb Alpert Composition Award in 2016. While maintaining a busy performance and recording schedule, he was a lecturer for music history and theory at the City College of New York between 2012-2019 and serves as saxophone faculty for The Juilliard School’s Preparatory Division (MAP) since 2014.
In 2018, he received the Bruno Gironcoli Award as well as the Cultural Distinction Award (Kulturehrenzeichen) from his hometown Villach. His musicological writings include publications in German and English.
Gabric, Lukas. "Beyond the Surface: Hermeneutic Implications of Blue by MOPDTK." Jazz Perspectives (2018) DOI: 10.1080/17494060.2018.1532921
Gabric, Lukas. “What's all that Jazz? Eine stilvolle Wortreise durch die Essenzen eines eklektischen, und kleptomanischen Genres.” Brücke (2017)
Lukas is the initiator and organizer of the annual Carinthian International Jazz Award (www.carinthiajazz.com) and recently released an album with a string quartet and a jazz rhythm section which received reviews in 8 countries. The album Labor of Love features original compositions by Gabric as well as arrangements by composer Alexander Liebermann.
Lukas Gabric authored several jazz method books on a wide range of topics pertaining to instrumental technique and improvisation.:
Five Strategies for Developing Jazz Language and Fluency. (Fenton, MO: Mel Bay, forthcoming spring 2021)
The Rhythm Changes Guide (Petaluma, CA: Sher Music, 2020)
Sound Conception for Jazz Saxophone (New York: Lukas Gabric, 2020)
The Diminished Scale Catalog (New York: Lukas Gabric, 2020)
Navigating Changes (New York: Lukas Gabric, 2020)
100 Progressive Ideas and Concepts for Minor Chords (New York: Lukas Gabric, 2020)
100 Diminished Scale Licks and Patterns: For All Instruments (New York: Lukas Gabric, 2020)
In 2019 Lukas Gabric served as a panelist for the NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MUSIC COMPETITION
at The Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College) and received the “Extraordinary Dedication and Achievement in Teaching Distinction” at the American Protégé International Competition at Carnegie Hall.
His playing can be heard on ten albums and many recording projects. The album Derek Bermel: Migrations (Naxos, 2019), which Lukas recorded on was GRAMMY-nominated for the best classical composition in 2020.
For his studies and artistic work, Lukas Gabric received scholarships, stipends, prizes, and grants in the amount of ca. half a million USD. His performance activity has allowed him to perform at some of the most notable jazz venues around the globe.:
Blue Note NYC, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola NYC, Apollo Theatre NYC, Porgy and Bess Vienna, St. Marcelina Organizacao Social de Cultura Sao Paulo BR, All That Jazz Seoul KR, Once in a Blue Moon Seoul KR, Iridium NYC, Jazz Land Vienna, Bird’s Eye Basel, Jazzkeller Frankfurt, Getxo Jazz Festival Spain, Symphony Space NYC, Jazz Over Villach Festival, CUNY Jazz Festival, Turino Jazz Festival IT, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Bayerisches Jazzweekend, Jazz-Samstag am Viktualienmarkt, B-Flat Berlin, Steinway Hall Beijing, Sweet Basil NYC, Merkin Hall NYC, Polnisches Festival Hamburg, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, Goethe Institut Seoul, Kammerlichtspiele Klagenfurt, EU Day Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, Cape Cod Jazz Festival Massachusetts, Memorial da America Latina Sao Paulo BR
Lukas Gabric endorses RS Berkeley Saxophones, Mouthpieces,