Born: July 26th, 1934
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Gilbert's output as a composer is wide-ranging, containing not only works for virtuoso performers but also a body of educational music.
Commissions have included two operas: The Scene Machine, for the Kassel State Theatre, and The Chakravaka Bird, a radio opera for the BBC; a large Symphony for the Cheltenham Festival; three String Quartets and a trilogy of works for chamber orchestra. Among recent works are a series of "musical bestiaries" for a variety of chamber ensemble, Dream Carousels for symphonic wind band and a major orchestral song cycle, Certain Lights Reflecting, to poems by the Tasmanian poet Sarah Day.
Influences of Indian music are evident in several works, including The Chakravaka-Bird, Towards Asavari, Vasanta with Dancing and Upstream River Rewa.
Recent works include Igorochki, a recorder concerto written for John Turner and the Manchester Camerata, shortly to be released on CD, and Ziggurat, commissioned by the Duo Contemporain and performed by them worldwide. On Beholding a Rainbow, the violin concerto originally commissioned by the BBC Proms, received its acclaimed premiere in 1999 with Anthony Marwood playing the solo part.