Gabi Maas plays violin, viola and nyckelharpa with groups including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Caledonia and the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments. A former member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, she studies baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen. After a degree in Modern Languages at Cambridge University, Gabi graduated from Oxford with a doctorate on Berber music in Kabylia (northeast Algeria), based on experiences playing with traditional musicians from the region. Her thesis explored the role of village singer-poets in mountain musical communities, and how this transfers to informal music gatherings at Kabyle-owned cafés in Paris.
She also has a keen interest in traditional Scandinavian music and its sources in eighteenth-century court dances and fiddlers’ notebooks. In 2015 she played nyckelharpa at Sharq Taronalari festival in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) as part of the Early English Trio, and studied for a month in Chennai with the Carnatic violinist Vittal Ramamurthy. Gabi is a French lecturer in the vocal department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and coaches French and Italian for companies including Scottish Opera and Edinburgh Festival Chorus.