Tragic news: Pittsburgh pianist drowns

The pianist Gabriel D’Abruzzo, a student of Vladimir Feltsman, has died during a family vacation off the New Jersey shore. He was 42.

Gabe was rehearsal pianist for the Bach Choir and other Pittsburgh ensembles.

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  • I was saddened to hear of Game’s tragic accident. He was a mainstay at Duquesne and accompanied many students including many of my own. Gabe was not only a fine pianist but also a consummate professional.
    Robert Hamrick, trombone instructor at Duquesne University and Pittsburgh Symphony trombonist

  • I attended the Pittsburgh Highschool for the Creative and Performing Arts where Gabe was a student and a very good friend. I am a flutist and he accompanied me on several pieces when I was in school with him. He was an absolute joy to play with because of his incredible passion, joy and love for music. He was a musical genius with the kindest of hearts. I loved him so. I am so heart-broken to hear of his passing. My prayers are with all of his family and friends. God Bless Gabe.

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