January 9, 7:30 pm
Adam Gilbert conducting
Adam Gilbert is director of the Early Music Program at the USC Thornton School of Music. He teaches music history, performs on recorder and historical double reeds, and is one of the premiere international players of the Renaissance shawm. He grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. The first graduate of the Early Music program at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, he has performed as a member of New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, the Waverly Consort and Piffaro, the Renaissance Band. He has appeared with ensembles such as Calliope, ARTEK, New York Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble. The Court Dance Company of New York, the Folger Consort, Concert Royal, The Bach Ensemble, Chatham Baroque, Newberry Consort, Canto (Colombia) and La Caccia Alta (Belgium) among others. He is also a founding member of ensemble Ciaramella, which performs concerts of fifteenth-century music in The United States, Israel and Belgium, and has recorded on the Naxos label. Adam studied recorder at Rotterdam’s Conservatorium and studied in Leuven, Belgium from 1998 to 2000 as a recipient of the Fulbright and Belgian American Education Foundation Grants working on his dissertation “Elaboration in Heinrich Isaac’s Three-Voice Mass Sections and Untexted Compositions.” He completed his PhD at Case Western Reserve University in 2003, and taught for two years as a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University. Adam can be heard on Dorian, Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv, Passacaille, Musica Americana and Lyrichord labels. His research specialties include allusion in fifteenth-century song and Mass, pastourelles and their symbolism, improvisation, compositional processes and embellishment from 1400-1700. Adam won the prestigious Noah Greenberg Award in 2008 for his proposed book and multimedia resource on 15th-century counterpoint and improvisation.
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