Gabriel Ruiz-Bernal is a Spanish composer, pianist, organist, and harpsichordist established in the Washington DC area. His love for music started in Melilla (Spain), listening to his sister Celia practicing at their old Aeriol piano, which their father rescued from a piano-bar in Morocco.
Despite its worn out keys, this was Gabriel’s favorite childhood instrument, and the catalyst that began his musical journey. Gabriel has performed recitals in many countries as piano soloist, chamber music, concerti with orchestras, including premieres of his own compositions. He also serves as a jury member in competitions.
He has received numerous awards during his performance career and today he is proud to enjoy a diversified musical portfolio, not just limited to the classical repertory. Gabriel is known as a composer, instructor, classical and jazz pianist. He is a recording artist covering a range of musical styles from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, to Spanish composers and his own works. He has participated in film scoring collaborations, and his work received a New York Emmy nomination. His scores have been performed on both sides of the Atlantic.
Gabriel is very grateful to the extraordinary teachers that he has worked with. His childhood teacher, Carmen Arana, then Alfredo Gil and Bernat Ríos at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Málaga, Spain, Eva Pierrou at Levine School of Music in Washington, Elizabeth Caluda and Bob Larson at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA and Jacinto Choza, his doctoral advisor at the University of Sevilla, Spain, have all had a profound influence on Gabriel’s music. Gabriel pursued additional studies at Yale University and NYU Steinhardt. Currently he is Senior Faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC where he teaches classical and jazz piano, applied composition, and serves at the evaluation jury panels.
During free time, Gabriel and his wife Lisa enjoy traveling, hiking, and kayaking. They travel frequently to Spain to visit family and friends.