Gabriel Napoli

Instrument: viola

Education: Northwestern University, BM Violin Performance (Almita Vamos, Robert Hanford); Cleveland Institute of Music, MM Viola Performance (Robert Vernon, Mark Jackobs)

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Neighborhood: Walnut Hills

Joined the CSO in 2022

Where do you draw inspiration from as a musician? My primary inspirations are my colleagues, teachers and favorite recordings (old and new). I regularly draw inspiration from art, film, literature, poetry and theater.

What's on your playlist? Always changing! Right now: This season’s repertoire, Dover Quartet’s Late Beethoven album, Robert Levin playing Mozart sonatas (on Mozart’s fortepiano!), John Coltrane Quartet (Ballads), Toumani Diabaté and Glass Animals.

Hobbies: I’m a frequenter of museums, bookstores and coffeeshops! I enjoy reading historical fiction, memoirs and biographies. I’m a voracious podcast listener on topics of politics, sociology, comedy, violinmaking, true-crime, philosophy, psychology and more.

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? It’s a privilege to share music with audiences in Music Hall. I think the orchestra can be a place for people to come together, unplug from the world and experience something beautiful and transformative.