David Gilbert

As resident conductor at Manhattan School of Music, composer and flutist David Gilbert, a faculty member since 1983, has conducted many orchestral and opera performances, including the U.S. premiere of Martinu’s Mirandolina and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has led the New York premieres of Shostakovich’s The Nose and Hans Werner Henze’s The English Cat; productions of Ned Rorem’s Miss Julie (released on Newport Classics), Busoni’s Arlecchino, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, and Britten’s Albert Herring (released on Vox); William Mayer’s A Death in the Family and the world premiere of Scott Eyerly’s The House of the Seven Gables (both released on the Albany label); as well as Robert Ward’s Roman Fever and Thomas Pasatieri’s The Seagull.

Formerly principal conductor of American Ballet Theatre, he has also been guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic and is currently music director of the Greenwich Symphony in Connecticut, the Bergen Philharmonic in New Jersey, and the Senior Concert Orchestra of New York. He spent two seasons as principal guest conductor at the Central Philharmonic in Beijing in 1980, the first American to hold such a post. After winning 1st prize in the Dimitri Mitropoulos Competition for Conductors, Mr. Gilbert was assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1970 to 1979 and in 1976 was selected by Pierre Boulez to be chief assistant conductor for the Bayreuth Festival. He has also guest-conducted the Pittsburgh, Rochester, Nashville, Oakland, Louisville, and Lexington symphonies, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Pro Arte of Boston. In 2004 and 2006, Mr. Gilbert represented Manhattan School of Music as the United States judge for the Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy.