Gabriel Kwok was born in Hong Kong, where his early piano studies were under Alice Kwok and Tu Yueh-sien. In 1969 he was awarded the Associated Board Scholarship of the Royal Schools of Music and in 1972 became a pupil of Guy Jonson at the Royal Academy in London, where he won a number of prizes and awards. He continued his studies under Louis Kentner in London, with Carl Seamann at the Salzburg Hochschule Mozarteum and with Pierre Sancar at the Academie Internationale d’Ete in Nice.
Returned to Hong Kong in 1978, Kwok enjoyed a busy career as a performer and teacher, accompanying distinguished visiting musicians, appearing in chamber music recitals and playing new works by local composers, both in the concert hall and in the broadcasting studio. In 1984 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and became a member of staff of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since its founding in the same year. Gabriel Kwok also taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been Head of Keyboard Studies at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since 1989. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, he is Visiting Professor at the Shenzhen Arts School, Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Wuhan Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory of Music in China. He has served on the faculty of the Cliburn Piano Institute (USA), International Institute for Young Musicians (USA), Colburn Academy Festival (USA), Art of the Piano (USA), Chetham’s International Piano Summer School (UK), Beijing International Music Festival and Academy (China), Beijing International Piano Festival (China), Shanghai International Piano Festival (China), Singapore International Piano Institute (Singapore), Asia International Piano Academy and Festival (Korea), Kyungsung International Piano Academy (Korea) and Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes (Israel).
He has given masterclasses at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Academy of Music (London), Royal College of Music (London), Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Rotterdam Conservatorium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, University of Auckland, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, University of British Columbia, Carnegie Mellon University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, University of Kansas, Northwestern University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Peabody Institute, Roosevelt University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Temple University, Texas Christian University and The Yale School of Music as well as classes in Taiwan, Korea and Portugal.
Gabriel Kwok has been a jury member of many international competitions including the Asia Mozart Bicentenary, Asia Chopin, China, China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto, Darmstadt Chopin, Geneva, Gina Bachauer, Hilton Head, Hong Kong, James Mottram, Japan PTNA, Minnesota Piano-e, Missouri Southern, Rio de Janerio BNDES, Rome, Singapore Chopin and Vianna da Motta International Piano Competitions.
He has collaborated with many distinguished artists in concerts, among whom were Pierre Amoyal, Alexander Ballie, Siegfried Behrend, Alan Civil, Eugene Fodor, Albert Markov, Yuri Mazurkevich, Clarence Myerscough, Roberta Peters, Qian Zhou, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jenny Ren, Aaron Rosand, Nathaniel Rosen, Rohan de Saram, Hansjoerg Schellenberger, Jeffrey Solow, Leon Spierer, Richard Stolzman and Wang Jian. He has also been an artist-in-residence for Radio Television Hong Kong. In 2014, Professor Kwok was awarded Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong government for his contribution to piano education in Hong Kong.