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Dina Gilbert, Conductor
September 4, 2018
Portrait of the conductor Dina Gilbert

Well known for her energy, precision and versatility, Dina Gilbert enthusiastically tackles great symphonic works while giving due attention to new compositions. She trained as an assistant conductor with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Kent Nagano, assisting the musical director for concert rehearsals and recordings and a number of guest conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Lawrence Foster and Giancarlo Guerrero. In April 2016, Dina Gilbert enjoyed great success when she replaced Maestro Alain Altinoglu at short notice for three MSO concerts, including Gustav Holst’s The Planets.

In 2017, Dina Gilbert began work as musical director of the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire (Quebec) and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra (British Columbia). The upcoming season will feature her débuts with the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Orchestra and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. She has also received repeat invitations to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre métropolitain.

Outside the country, she has conducted orchestras in China, Romania and Estonia as well as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, in 2014, as part of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conductors’ Competition. The year 2016 marked her first time at the helm of the Orchestre national de Lyon and the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France for a “symphonic hip-hop” program. She was also invited to conduct a series of Sinfonia Varsovia concerts as part of “La Folle Journée du Japon.” Audiences have also had several opportunities to hear her in Quebec, in particular at the Festival de Lanaudière where she conducted John Corigliano’s The Red Violin at the first film-orchestra event dedicated to the film, a performance that also featured violinist Lara St. John.

Dina Gilbert is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Arkea, a Montreal-based chamber orchestra known for its innovative interpretations of orchestral scores. As part of the ensemble, Dina has worked with young Canadian composers on a number of occasions, creating over 30 new works and taking part in numerous recordings for films and video games. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in clarinet and a master’s degree in conducting, Dina Gilbert holds a Ph.D. from Université de Montréal, where she studied under Jean-François Rivest and Paolo Bellomia. She has taken master classes with Kenneth Kiesler, Leonid Grin, Peter Eötvös, Johannes Schlaefli, Pinchas Zukerman and Neeme Järvi. During her doctoral studies, she received a bursary from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Fondation Père-Lindsay have also supported her career.

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