Recognized for her energy, precision and versatility, Dina Gilbert brings great passion to the orchestral repertoire, and is also dedicated to conducting new commissions and works by Canadian composers. A native of Québec, she is the assistant conductor at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since April 2013, where her role is to assist Kent Nagano at rehearsals, concerts, recordings and tours, as well as assisting guest conductors. In addition to frequently conducting rehearsals with the OSM, Mrs Gilbert leads the orchestra in many concerts, including main series subscription events, youth concerts and the annual OSM in the Parks concerts.
Dina Gilbert is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Arkea, a Montreal-based professional chamber orchestra that presents innovative interpretations of orchestral music. In 2012 she made her debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. That same year, she was assistant conductor of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and the Kawartha Youth Orchestra. Overseas she has conducted the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), the Estonian National Youth Orchestra, the Pärnu City Orchestra (Estonia) and the China Youth Symphony Orchestra (China). In February 2014, she has been invited to conduct the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Germany) as one of the selected participants in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti International Conductor’s Competition. She has collaborated many times with young Canadian composers, premiering over thirty works and has also conducted many studio recordings for films and video games soundtracks.
In 2015-2016, Dina Gilbert will make her debuts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre métropolitain, the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting several educational concerts at the OSM, she will join Maestro Kent Nagano to conduct the Fourth Symphony of Charles Ives and will also conduct a concert dedicated to the Movie Soundtracks.
Dina Gilbert earned a doctorate from the Université de Montréal, where she studied with Jean-François Rivest and Paolo Bellomia. She is also the holder of a Bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance and a Master’s in conducting. She polished her skills in masterclasses with Kenneth Kiesler, Leonid Grin, Peter Eötvös, Johannes Schlaefli, Pinchas Zukerman and Neeme Järvi. During her doctoral studies she was awarded a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. She has also received support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Fondation Père-Lindsay.