Benjamin Gabbay

Writer | Digital Designer | Composer

Benjamin Gabbay portrait

Photo credit: Futian Yao

Benjamin is a writer, digital designer, and composer in Toronto, Canada.

Although my activities span a wide range of disciplines, they can all be traced back to the same creative impulse. For as long as I can remember, my interest in a particular science or art form has drawn me to want to learn its language and explore it through the lens of a creator. As a result, I’m fortunate to be able to work in the three fields where I share both my expertise and my passion: writing and editing, after having published my first novel in 2012; graphic and web design, born out of a fascination with visual art, code, and digital mediums; and piano performance and composition, following 15 years of study with the instrument and a lifelong love of classical music. I’ve also come to discover many unexpected intersections between those fields, and ways in which they inform and complement each other—like the sense of balance and symmetry that underlies everything from a great melody to a stunning website to a well-crafted sentence.

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Benjamin Gabbay (signature)

Benjamin Gabbay portrait

Photo credit: Futian Yao

Benjamin is a writer, digital designer, and composer in Toronto, Canada.

Although my activities span a wide range of disciplines, they can all be traced back to the same creative impulse. For as long as I can remember, my interest in a particular science or art form has drawn me to want to learn its language and explore it through the lens of a creator. As a result, I’m fortunate to be able to work in the three fields where I share both my expertise and my passion: writing and editing, after having published my first novel in 2012; graphic and web design, born out of a fascination with visual art, code, and digital mediums; and piano performance and composition, following 15 years of study with the instrument and a lifelong love of classical music. I’ve also come to discover many unexpected intersections between those fields, and ways in which they inform and complement each other—like the sense of balance and symmetry that underlies everything from a great melody to a stunning website to a well-crafted sentence.

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Benjamin Gabbay (signature)

Benjamin is a writer, digital designer, and composer in Toronto, Canada.

Although my activities span a wide range of disciplines, they can all be traced back to the same creative impulse. For as long as I can remember, my interest in a particular science or art form has drawn me to want to learn its language and explore it through the lens of a creator. As a result, I’m fortunate to be able to work in the three fields where I share both my expertise and my passion: writing and editing, after having published my first novel in 2012; graphic and web design, born out of a fascination with visual art, code, and digital mediums; and piano performance and composition, following 15 years of study with the instrument and a lifelong love of classical music. I’ve also come to discover many unexpected intersections between those fields, and ways in which they inform and complement each other—like the sense of balance and symmetry that underlies everything from a great melody to a stunning website to a well-crafted sentence.

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Benjamin Gabbay (signature)

News & Events

JANUARY 31, 2020: “Annabel Lee” performance with Concreamus Choir

On Friday, January 31, 7:30 p.m., in Seeley Hall in U of T’s Trinity College, Concreamus Chamber Choir, directed by Kai Leung, will present its debut solo concert in cooperation with Green Room Music, featuring an entire program of original choral music by U of T Faculty of Music student composers. Alongside several amazing works by my colleagues, we will be presenting my setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” for choir and piano, which was premiered at the November 2019 Student Composers’ Concert (a recording of this premiere can be viewed here). Seeley Hall is located at 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto; admission by donation (recommended: $5 student / $10 general). The poster can be viewed here.

DECEMBER 15, 2019: “Prelude to Winter” premiere with Musicata Choir

On Sunday, December 15, 3 p.m., at Central Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Musicata Choir, directed by Dr. Roger Bergs, and special guest artist, virtuoso accordionist Michael Bridge, will be premiering my piece “Prelude to Winter” for SATB choir and accordion. The work is a setting of Elizabeth Stoddard’s poem “November” (1895) and will be presented as part of Musicata Choir’s “With One Accord” concert.

DECEMBER 6, 2019: “Toward Eternity” premiere at U of T Faculty of Music

If you missed this performance, a video recording may be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHZlE19gNb0. On Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, my colleague Claire Latosinsky, soprano, will be premiering my piece “Toward Eternity” for piano and voice, as part of her year-end recital. The song is a setting of Emily Dickinson’s well-known poem #479, “Because I could not stop for Death…” The recital will take place in the Edward Johnson Building at 80 Queens Park, in room 330 (on the third floor), and is free to attend.

NOVEMBER 19, 2019: “Annabel Lee” at U of T November Student Composers Concert

If you missed this performance, a video recording may be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM70fO1ssDQ. On Tuesday, November 19, at 7 p.m., in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, my setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” for SATB choir and piano will be performed by Concreamus chamber choir, conducted by Kai Leung (I will be on piano), as part of the Faculty of Music’s November Student Composers Concert. The event is free to attend.

OCTOBER 15, 2019: “Sous l’abside du ciel d’été” at U of T October Student Composers Concert

If you missed this performance, a video recording may be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsr9YbZaLVo. On Tuesday, October 15, at 7 p.m., in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, I will be presenting (and conducting) my a cappella vocal piece Sous l’abside du ciel d’été as part of the Faculty of Music’s October Student Composers Concert. The piece is a setting of Léon-Paul Fargue’s “Romance” (1919) and will be performed by ten of my talented singer colleagues from the Faculty, several of whom premiered the piece earlier this year at the Arts and Letters Club’s annual new music concert. You can watch a recording of the premiere on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpcwEPCZ8Zo. The October 15 concert is free to attend and will feature several other original compositions by my Faculty colleagues. Walter Hall is located at 80 Queens Park, in the lower basement of the Faculty of Music.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2019: Toronto Public Library recital

On Thursday, September 26, 2 p.m., at the Toronto Public Library’s Northern District branch, my U of T colleague, soprano Claire Latosinsky, and I will be presenting an hour-long concert of solo piano and vocal music. Repertoire will include works by Schubert, Fauré, Poulenc, Clara Schumann, Jean Coulthard, and original compositions by me. Click here to view the full concert program. Free admission. Northern District library is located at 40 Orchardview Blvd., Toronto (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/northerndistrict/).