Harpsichordist Kenneth Gilbert to perform and receive Hon Doc at University of Melbourne
Media Release, Monday 31 July 2006
One of the world’s leading harpsichordists and early-music experts is to give an invitation-only recital at the University of Melbourne today (Monday 31 July), when he will be conferred with a Doctor of Music Honoris Causa (Honorary).
Kenneth Gilbert is internationally renowned as an interpreter of early Baroque keyboard music. His visit to Melbourne co-incides with events to celebrate the establishment of the Lyrebird Press at the University, and the renaming of the University of Melbourne Music Library.
The recital will include selected works by Jacques Champion de Chambonnières, Louis Couperin and François Couperin.
Conferring of Honorary Doctor of Music and celebratory Recital
Monday 31 July at 6.30pm
Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne
Ground floor Galleries
For photo opportunities with Kenneth Gilbert, or for media attendance or review of the recital contact:
Tel: 8344 3845 / 0402 460 147
(Please note:This is NOT a public recital)
About Kenneth Gilbert
Kenneth Gilbert was born in Montreal, Canada but has lived for most of his life in Paris. His teachers have included Gaston Litaize, Ruggero Gerlin, and Nadia Boulanger.
He has given harpsichord and organ recitals as well as master classes in nearly every European country and in Canada, the United States, Brazil and Japan. Among his numerous recordings are the complete harpsichord works of Couperin (broadcast in a series over the ABC) and Rameau, and the Suites, Partitas, Goldberg Variations, and Well-tempered Clavier of Bach.
He has edited for various publishers the organ works of François Couperin, Bach's Goldberg Variations, Frescobaldi's and Rossi's Toccatas, as well as the complete keyboard works of D'Anglebert, François Couperin, Rameau and Domenico Scarlatti. He is currently completing a keyboard edition of the lute and theorbo music of Kapsperger.
A frequent jury member for the International Harpsichord Competition of Bruges, as well as for those of Paris, Munich, Edinburgh, Washington, Warsaw and Prague, Kenneth Gilbert has been successively Guest Professor of harpsichord at the Royal Conservatorium of Antwerpen and Professor at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule, the Paris Conservatoire and the Salzburg Mozarteum. He held summer courses for many years for the Ruckers Genootschap in the Vleeshuis, Antwerpen, and at the International Organ Academy in Haarlem, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg. Currently he is Visiting Professor of Harpsichord at both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as Adjunct Professor at McGill University in Montreal.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from McGill University, is an Officer in both the Order of Canada and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and has received the Austrian Cross of Honour First Degree. He is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and of the Royal Society of Canada.