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

AUGUST 8, 2020: Virtual premiere of “so comes love” (2020)

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, “so comes love,” my a cappella SATB choral setting of a short poem by E. E. Cummings, was premiered virtually at the Mississauga Summer Chorale’s online Cabaret Concert. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/8eBEjVNu1k4.

MAY 23, 2020: Virtual premiere of “And so the night became” (2020)

This choral setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem #106 (“The cricket sang…”), was composed, performed, and recorded in Canada during the COVID-19 lockdown. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/T4Z7uY0ObCI.

This piece was written in May 2020 for JM Canada’s “Do Mi Si La Do Ré Contest,” where it was awarded an Artistic Prize as one of the top 10 entries. The aim of the competition was to write a piece of music utilizing the musical phrase “Do Mi Si La Do Re,” (“domicile adoré”/”home sweet home”) as a reflection on the COVID-19 lockdown in Canada. For more information, see the full competition information here.

MARCH 17, 2020: Performance of Piano Quintet No. 1 “Passion” (VI. and VII.)

(Unfortunately, this event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 lockdown.) On Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m., in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, I will be presenting two movements from my Piano Quintet no. 1, “Passion,” as part of the March 2020 Faculty of Music Student Composers Concert. This work for two violins, viola, cello, and piano was written as a purely instrumental telling of the biblical Passion of the Christ narrative, following in a long tradition of (typically choral) musical settings of the Passion story, the most famous examples of which being J.S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and “St. John Passion” oratorios. Walter Hall is located in the Edward Johnson Building at 80 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto. Admission is free.

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.