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

November 26, 2022: Premiere of “Conditor alme siderum”

On Saturday, November 26, at 7:30 pm, in St. Andrew’s United Church in Brantford, Ontario (95 Darling St.), I will be premiering my “Conditor alme sidreum” for soprano and string orchestra as part of Arcady’s “Christmas with Arcady” concert. Click here for the the full text and program notes. Visit Arcady’s website for more info and to purchase tickets: https://arcady.ca/buy-tickets/christmas-with-arcady/.

November 22, 2022: Premiere of “Crepuscule”

On Tuesday, November 22, at 7:30 pm, in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music (80 Queens Park Crescent), I will be premiering my “Crepuscule” for mezzo-soprano and piano. Click here for the full text and program notes, and Click here for the full program of the concert. Concert admission is free.

September 9, 2022: Recording of “for Freedom”

Last month, I traveled to the Quebec town of Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly to make a definitive recording of my piece “for Freedom” for solo violin (2022) with violinist Marie-Claire Cardinal. The result, performed and filmed in the 18th-century Église de Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, may be viewed here.

August 6, 2022: Performance of “Musette” with Arcady

On August 6, 2022, my “Musette” for clarinet and piano (2018) was performed as part of Arcady’s “Voices of Summer Concert” at the Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville, Ontario. The recording of the performance may be viewed here.

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.