Gabriel Dharmoo studied composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Serge Provost and finished his studies with a “Prix avec grande distinction”, the highest honor to be awarded, in both composition (2006) and analysis (2007).
Having researched South Indian Carnatic music with 4 renowned masters in Chennai (India) in 2008, his recent work is strongly focused on integrating elements of this music to his personal style.
Five of his works have been awarded prizes at the SOCAN awards for Young Composers. He has received grants from CAC, CALQ, SODEC, OFQJ, the Joseph-McAbbie Foundation and both the Student Association and the Alumni Association of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. His music has been broadcast on CBC Radio, CKIA (Québec) and CKUT (Montreal).
His works have been performed and/or commissioned by established and emerging musical ensembles from Canada (ECM+, Arraymusic, Codes d’accès, Ensemble Chorum, Motion Ensemble, Reveille Trumpet Collective, Alizé). He has attended various workshops such as the Domaine Forget New Music Session (2006), the Arraymusic Young Composers Workshop (2008) and the Banff Centre Music Residencies (2011).
He frequently collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists and choreographers. He has provided music for short films screened in festivals across North America, Europe and South America. His musical contribution to short films has been twice noticed at the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne (France), which focuses on sound/image collaborations.
As an improviser, Gabriel Dharmoo works both as a vocalist and cellist. He studied improvisation with René Lussier and has played various venues with established improvisers.
Aside from his various artistic projects, he is very active on the Montreal musical scene where he lives and works.