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

May 2, 2022: Premiere of “for Freedom” (2022)

My new piece for solo violin, “for Freedom,” was commissioned by violinist Marie-Claire Cardinal and premiered by her as part of her graduating recital at McGill Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Quebec, on May 2, 2022. The recording of the performance may be viewed here. I also encourage you to read my program note about the piece here.

December 23, 2021: Premiere recording of “O Great Mystery” (2018)

On December 23, I premiered a recording of my “O Great Mystery” performed by Toronto Voice Lab choir and soprano Lindsay McIntyre, conducted by Victor Daoyuan Cheng. The recording is published with a scrolling score on my YouTube channel here, and a video recording is published on Victor’s channel here.

April 17, 2021: Virtual premiere of “The Answer” (2021)

On Saturday, April 17, my choral setting of Humbert Wolfe’s (1895 – 1940) poem The Answer was premiered by MacMillan Singers as part of the University of Toronto Choirs End-of-Year Showcase Concert. Click here to watch the concert and click here to read Wolfe’s poem.

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.