Gabriele Amarù was born in 1988 in Palermo, where he began his musical studies at the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory. He continued to study French horn with Radovan Vlatković at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, where he completed a master’s degree in Music Performance in 2013. He is currently studying with Thomas Hauschild at the Felix Mendelssohn Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig.
Gabriele Amarù won the Città di Caccamo Young Musicians Competition (2007) and also received 1st Prize in the Wettbewerb Interpretation Zeitgenössische Musik Zürich (2013) with the Coda Quintet.
He has played with the Italian Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra Accademia Teatro alla Scala, the Sinfonieorchester Basel and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. As a guest horn player, he has played at Teatro alla Scala, Zurich Opera House, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, La Fenice in Venice, Massimo Bellini Theatre in Catania, and San Carlo Theatre in Naples. He has worked with renowned conductors like Zubin Metha, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Muti, Jeffrey Tate, Alain Lombard, Gianandrea Noseda, James Conlon, Gabriele Ferro, Russell Davies, Neeme Järvi, Yuri Temirkanov, Manfred Honeck and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2012, he joined the Bayerischen Philharmonie as a soloist, and played at the Wien Konzerthaus and at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich. Since 2014, he has been the 1st horn soloist of the Gulbenkian Orchestra.