Gabe Azzie


A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Gabe Azzie joined Symphony Nova Scotia as Principal Bassoon in January 2019. That same spring, he completed his Master’s at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of William Winstead.

Prior to moving to Cincinnati, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Christopher Millard. During his time in Ottawa, he performed frequently with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau. He was also called upon as a pit musician for Broadway Across Canada’s Ottawa performances of Roger and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

In addition to his university training, Gabe has performed with Boris Brott’s National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and has had the opportunity to tour Canada and Portugal with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, where he worked under the batons of Emmanuel Villaume, Michael Francis, and Perry So. Other teachers include Kathleen McLean, Mathieu Harel, Stéphane Levesque, Richard Hoenich, and Jo Ann Simpson.

Outside of music, Gabe is an avid hockey and football fan, and also enjoys swimming, travelling, and hiking.

Q&A with Gabe

How long have you worked with Symphony Nova Scotia?
Since January 22nd, 2019!

If you couldn’t be a bassoonist, what would you like to do?
I would probably be either a teacher or involved in sports broadcasting.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watching/playing sports, movies, the great outdoors, and travelling.

What’s a fact that nobody would know about you?
I’m colourblind!

What’s your favourite sports team?
The Ottawa Senators

What’s your favourite quote?
“Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” – Garth Brooks