Nicolas Gilbert (*1979) studied composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with composers Michel Gonneville and Serge Provost, and at McGill University, with composer John Rea.
His catalogue comprises about 40 chamber, vocal and orchestral works that have been performed in concert series and festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Mexico, Lima, Paris, Lyon, London, Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam, Belgrade, Warsaw, Belgrade, Shanghai and many other cities around the world. He is recipient of numerous grants and awards including the 2008 “Composer of the year” Opus Prize awarded by the Quebec Music Council, ten SOCAN Awards for Young Composers, and the Third and Special Prizes in the 2006 Serocki International Competition (Poland). He has also received the Opus Prize for Best Premiere of the year in both 2007 and 2008. His work is regularly supported by the Canada and Quebec arts councils.
Performers of his music include the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Ars Nova (Poitiers), Kaida (Amsterdam), ICE (Chicago), cellists Matt Haimovitz and Benjamin Carat (Lyon), pianist Stanislaw Widulin (Berlin), clarinettist Thomas Piercy (New-York) and many Canadian contemporary music ensembles (SMCQ, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, New Music Concerts, Continuum, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Trio Fibonacci, Bozzini Quartet, Molinari Quartet, Bradyworks, etc.).
Nicolas Gilbert was the RBC Foundation Composer in residence with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2011-2012. He was resident composer at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal from 2003 to 2005 and president of the Codes d’accès concert society from 2002 to 2004. During the 2005-2006 season, he was in residence at GRAME (Lyon), working on a new piece for cello and electronics (commission : GRAME-CALQ). He is currently member of the artistic board of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec and Chair of the Quebec regional board of the Canadian Music Centre.
He is also active as an author of fiction and has published three novels : Le recital (2008), Le joueur de triangle (2009) and La fille de l’imprimeur est triste (2011), with Leméac Éditeur.