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Gabriel Mientka, Cello

Gabriel Mientka began studying the cello at the age
of 8, with his father Tyme Mientka, and completed his
Bachelor’s degree in music at Mesa State College at
the age of 20. While living in Colorado he was
principal cello of the Colorado All-State Symphony
Orchestra and the Western States Honor Orchestra
Festival Symphony Orchestra. He won the Mesa
State College Symphony Concerto Competition three
times during his studies, and in 2006 he won first
place in the Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist
Concerto Competition and performed Haydn’s C
major cello concerto with the orchestra in April 2007.
He performed many times on the Western Slope
Chamber Music series, with his parents as well as
with many other young musicians from around the
world.

He traveled to Italy for three summers to study cello
at the Corsi Internazionali di Musica, and also
attended the Idyllwild Arts Summer Music Festival on
scholarship in 2004 and in 2005, with the position of
co-principal cello in the Festival Orchestra. In 2006
and 2007 he attended the Aspen Music Festival and
School studying with Alan Harris, cello professor at
the Eastman School of Music, and in 2010 the
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestral
Academy. He participated in master classes at the
Cello Akademie Rutesheim, Forum Artium, and the
Weimarer Meisterkurse with such master teachers
as Gerhard Mantel, Miklos Perenyi, Claudio Bohorquez, Christoph Richter, Richard Aaron, Richard
Slavich and Grace Bahng.

In 2010, Gabriel completed his Diploma in Künstlerische Ausbildung at the University of Music and
Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main under cellists Peter Wolf and Gerhard Mantel and is currently
pursuing postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne under Nicolas
Altstaedt. Since coming to Europe, he has played solo and chamber music concerts in Germany,
France and Switzerland, and has gone on European-wide tours with the Neue Philharmonie
Frankfurt, Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and
the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.

Gabriel is also a member of the classical-celtic world-fusion band FEAST, which toured the USA in
2012/2013, as well as the German classical/jazz/pop crossover cello quartet “cellharmonics,” which
has been supported by the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now foundation since 2011. He teaches cello
at Frankfurt International School in Oberursel, Germany.