Gilbert Isbin

Composer, Guitarist & Lutenist


Isbin’s compositional and performing style defies genre, blending elements of contemporary classical, jazz, early music, world music and improvisation.

He has performed on festivals and major venus throughout Europe and the US with a.o bassplayers. Cameron Brown, Joe Fonda, Scott Walton, Hugh Hopper, violist Jeff Gauthier, reedplayers Vinny Golia, John Ruocco, cellist Ernst Reijseger, hurdy gurdy player Iep Fourier, tuba player Michel Godard, singers Muriel Batbie Castell, Jaap Blonk, guitarplayers Sandro Di Stefano, Sandor Szabo, Christian Vasseur, Bruce Arnold, pipa player Jie Ma, percussion players Alex Cline, Geert Verbeke, Chris Joris, lutenist Lieven Misschaert, …

As a leader and co‐leader, he has recorded more than 20 albums.

His compositions for guitar(s)), lute(s) and ensemble, appr. 200 thus far, are published by Berben Edizioni Musicali, The UK Lute Society, Lantro Music Golden River Music, Kameleon, Editions  Auurk Ed, VRT Publishing.  They have been performed by a.o the guitarquartet Four Times A Lady (B), Quartetto Chitarristico Italiano, the guitar Duo D’Atenas, guitar solo players Sandro Di stefano (It), Frabrice Desmets (Lux), ensembles: Spectra Ensemble (B), De Camer van Musiecke (B), lutenists David Van Ooijen,(The Netherlands), Stathis Skandalidis (Greece), Stuart Walsh,(UK), Andrés Bonilla (Argentina),  singers Muriel Batbie Castell (FR), Marie Schoenbock (Lux), Marie-Paule Franke, (B) , Kurt Bertels (B) , Jonathan Bonny (B), ….

His composition ‘Beams’  for altosax and marimba will be featured on the CD ‘Fingerprints 2’, released by KLARA (National Belgian Radio Broadcast)

Articles/reviews/lute compositions appeared in The Lute News (UK) Geluit/Luthinerie (B) Le Joueur du Luth (FR), , Nostalgia (JP) Tablatuur (NL), Quarterly  (USA – in the forthcoming issue), Lauten-Info (GERM), Il Liuto (IT), Aalga (ARG).

Gilbert Isbin/Iain Cameron write music for documentaries and video essays by Didier Eeckhout featured on Blip TV, You Tube, Vimeo.


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