Kenneth Gilbert

Biography

Born: December 16, 1931; Montreal, Quebec, Canada  
Kenneth Gilbert has entwined scholarship and performance more closely than almost any other figure in the field of early music, making scholarship an art and performance a means of investigation. He has made well over 50 recordings, written numerous articles and reviews, and edited new publications of music by François Couperin, Domenico Scarlatti, Bach, Frescobaldi, and Rameau, among many others.

Gilbert was born and raised in Montreal,
Read more Quebec, Canada; his last name is pronounced as in French (zheel-BAIR). He has always retained strong ties to that city, but his career has been international. After studies at the Quebec Conservatory in Montreal he went to Europe, where his teachers included Nadia Boulanger and Maurice Duruflé. Gilbert's harpsichord teacher in France was Italian-born Landowska protégé Ruggero Gerlin. In 1953 Gilbert won a major European organ prize, and for much of the first part of his career he was primarily occupied with that instrument. He served as organist and music director at the Queen Mary Road United Church (now Rosedale Queen Mary United Church) in Montreal for 15 years, designing and supervising the installation of a new organ there. From 1957 to 1974 he taught at the Quebec Conservatory.

In the early 1960s, Gilbert won financial support from the Quebec government and later from the Canada Council to return to Europe for research purposes, and he began to become familiar with the original engraved printings of some of the monuments of Baroque keyboard music. A four-volume Gilbert edition of François Couperin's keyboard works published between 1968 and 1972 was the first of a series of harpsichord publications, and from about 1965 onward, Gilbert's interests as a performer shifted to the harpsichord.

Although he lived mostly in France in the 1970s and 1980s, Gilbert was active all over Europe, in Canada (where he was richly garlanded with national honors), and in the U.S. He taught at several European conservatories and universities, and in 1988 he became the first Canadian, and one of few foreigners of any nationality, to hold the post of professor at the Paris Conservatoire. Gilbert's recordings have been released on the Harmonia Mundi and Archiv labels, as well as a host of more specialized lines. He has focused on French music, and his recordings of works such as the Premier livre de clavecin by Chambonnières are considered standards. But he has also made major Bach recordings, including, for example, a 1989 Archiv release on which he performed the Art of the Fugue. Read less
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  • 1.
    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    Discover... Bach
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001909902 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Mischa Maisky,  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Baroque Soloists
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    Archiv Produktion 1947-2013
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001833572 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anonymous,  Adam de la Halle,  Raimbaut de Vaqeiras  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hermann Töttcher,  Maria Jung  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Ristenpart,  Fritz Lehmann,  Maurus Pfaff,  Safford Cape  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra,  Bach Festival Orchestra,  Frankfurt Music School Chorus  ... 
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    Steven Staryk: A Retrospective, Vol. 3 - Bach
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3211 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Steven Staryk,  Kenneth Gilbert
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Steven Staryk
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  • 5.
    Kenneth Gilbert, Harpsichord & Organ - A Film By Michel Follin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 9909036 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  François Couperin,  Johann Jacob Froberger
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Orchestral Suites, Concertos / Pinnock [8-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001538502 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Simon Standage,  Rachel Beckett  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Clerambault: Orphee, Medee / Yakar, Goebel, Hazelzet, Medlam, Curtis
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94080 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
    Performer:  Reinhard Goebel,  Rachel Yakar,  Wilbert Hazelzet,  Charles Medlam  ... 
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    Johann Sebastian Bach - The Essentials
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2968096 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Alexandre Tharaud,  Lionel Rogg,  Sibylla Rubens  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  René Jacobs,  Konrad Junghänel,  Petra Müllejans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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    Rameau: Works For Harpsichord / Kenneth Gilbert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 427176 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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  • 10.
    Bach: The Two-part And Three-part Inventions / Gilbert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 415112 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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    Bach: Preludes And Fugues / Kenneth Gilbert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419426 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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    Rampal And Friends - Krebs, Quantz, Bach, Etc
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 83125 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Joachim Quantz,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Jean-B Loeillet  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Mario Duschenes,  Kenneth Gilbert
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    Bach: Capriccio Bwv 992, Toccatas, Etc / Gilbert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 437555 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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    Clérambault: Pièces De Clavecin / Kenneth Gilbert
    Label: Dg 3d Classics   Catalog: 431709 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Jean-Henri D'Anglebert,  Gaspard Le Roux,  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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    Bach: The Art Of Fugue / Kenneth Gilbert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 427673 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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    Baroque Organ Masters - Buxtehude, Et Al / Gilbert
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 83113 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Gottfried Walther,  Georg Böhm,  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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  • 17.
    Bach, Corelli, Locatelli, Nardini / Staryk, Gilbert
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 83110 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Pietro Nardini
    Performer:  Steven Staryk,  Kenneth Gilbert
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  • 18.
    Blue - Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier Book 2 / Gilbert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474546 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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    Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier Book 1 / Kenneth Gilbert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474221 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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    Trio - Bach: Complete Harpsichord Concertos / Pinnock, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471754 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Kenneth Gilbert,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen,  Nicholas Kraemer  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 21.
    Bach: Concertos / Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463725 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage,  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Rachel Beckett  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 22.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Etc / Goebel, Pinnock, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469103 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Standage,  Trevor Pinnock,  Nicholas Kraemer,  Kenneth Gilbert  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel,  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  English Concert
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  • 23.
    Codex - Soler: 6 Concertos / Gilbert, Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 453171 Release Date: 07/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Soler
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert,  Trevor Pinnock
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  • 24.
    Bach: The Concertos For 3 And 4 Harpsichords / Pinnock
    Label: Dg 3d Classics   Catalog: 400041 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nicholas Kraemer,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen,  Trevor Pinnock,  Kenneth Gilbert
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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