Gilbert Isbin

Composer, Guitarist & Lutenist


Gilbert Isbin is one of the most interesting, dynamic and poetic composers writing for guitars and lutes today‘ (Rob MacKillop)

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, singer Jaap Blonk, guitarplayers Sandro Di Stefano, Sandor Szabo, Christian Vasseur, Bruce Arnold, pipa player Jie Ma, percussion players Alex Cline, Geert Verbeke, Chris Joris, …

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 Rob MacKillop, 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), the 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), Kurt Bertels (B), Jonathan Bonny (B), ….

His composition ‘Beams’  for altosax and marimba, recorded by Jonathan Bonny and Kurt Bertels, is featured on the CD ‘Fingerprints 2’, released by KLARA (National Belgian Radio Broadcast). Performances at the Singel (Antwerp, Belgium), Wonderfeel Festival (The Netherlands).

Articles/reviews/interviews on his guitar and lute playing, Cds, compositions in a.o. Silvia Amato’s thesis on Contemporary Lute Music (La Musica Moderna e contemporanea per liuto), The Lute News (UK) Geluit/Luthinerie (B) Le Joueur du Luth (FR), , Nostalgia (JP) Tablatuur (NL), Quarterly  (USA), Lauten-Info (GERM), Il Liuto (IT), Aalga (ARG), Guitar Player (USA), Cadence (Canada), Jazz Life (Japan),  Jazz Dimensions (Germany),  Record Collector (UK), Akustik Gitarre (Germ.), Acoustic Guitar Magazine (USA), …

A new book is to be published by Mel Bay : Solo Guitar Artistry/ Contemporary Guitar Solos by Gilbert Isbin & Edited by Rob MacKillop.


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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