Kenneth Gilbert

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Kenneth Gilbert, OC (born December 16, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist and music educator.

Gilbert studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal under Yvonne Hubert (piano) and Gabriel Cusson (harmony and counterpoint). He also studied the organ privately with Conrad Letendre in Montréal. In 1953 he won the Prix d'Europe for organ performance, an award which enabled him to pursue studies in Paris, France with Nadia Boulanger (composition), Maurice Duruflé (organ), Ruggero Gerlin (harpsichord), Gaston Litaize (organ), and Sylvie Spicket (harpsichord) from 1953-1955. He later studied the harpsichord privately under Wanda Landowska.

Gilbert made his first recordings with the Canadian label Baroque Records Co. of Canada Ltd. in 1962 - an all J.S. Bach program, followed by several more solo harpsichord recordings of music by Bach, another of Rameau, and several chamber music albums with other Canadian artists: Mario Duschenes (flute & recorder), Steven Staryk (violin), Jacques Simard (oboe), as well as French flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. As organist, he recorded an album of works by Boehm, Buxtehude and Walther on two Casavant-built instruments in Quebec. (All of these recordings were subsequently reissued on Orion Master Recordings in the U.S.A.) In 1983 he recorded a two-CD selection from the Montreal Organ Book on the Hellmuth Wolff organ at McGill University for the Canadian label Analekta.

Gilbert performed for the Peabody Mason Concert series in 1974.

He was the teacher of harpsichordist John Whitelaw.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Die Konzerte für 3 und 4 Cembali Johann Sebastian Bach; Trevor Pinnock, Kenneth Gilbert, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Nicholas Kraemer, The English Concert 1
1985 Two-Part and Three-Part Inventions Johann Sebastian Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 2
1986 Kleine Präludien Johann Sebastian Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 1
1986 Variations Goldberg Johann Sebastian Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 2
1987 Das wohltemperierte Clavier 1 & 2 Johann Sebastian Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 1
1988 Cembalo-Konzerte BWV 1052, BWV 1053, BWV 1055, BWV 1056 J.S. Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth Gilbert 1
1989 Die Kunst der Fuge J.S. Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 1
1989 Premier livre de clavecin François Couperin; Kenneth Gilbert 1
1991 Chromatische Fantasie & Fuge / Toccaten BWV 912·913·914·916 J. S. Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 1
1992 Les Indes galantes Jean-Philippe Rameau; Kenneth Gilbert 1
2003 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II Johann Sebastian Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 1
2006 Baroque Organ Masters Dieterich Buxtehude, Georg Böhm, Johann Gottfried Walther; Kenneth Gilbert 1
Die Konzerte für 2 Cembali J.S. Bach; Trevor Pinnock, Kenneth Gilbert, The English Concert 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Concerto Italien, Ouverture a la Francaise Johann Sebastian Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 1

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