Conductor Dina Gilbert


Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire and of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

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 Beauce (Quebec), Dina Gilbert is Music Director and conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de l'Estuaire (Québec) and of the Kamloops Symphony (British-Colombia).

Dina Gilbert is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Ensemble Arkea, a Montreal-based professional chamber orchestra that presents innovative interpretation of orchestral music. With this ensemble, she has collaborated many times with young Canadian composers, premiering over thirty works and has also conducted studio recordings for films and video games soundtracks.

From 2013 to 2016, Dina Gilbert was assistant conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Maestro Kent Nagano. In this position, she conducted several rehearsals and concerts and she assisted Maestro Kent Nagano at all rehearsals, concerts, recordings and tours of the orchestra, as well as assisting guest conductors including Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Lawrence Foster and Giancarlo Guerrero. In April 2016, she received great acclaim for stepping in to replace Maestro Alain Altinoglu with the OSM in a program showcasing Gustav Holst's The Planets.

In July 2016, Dina Gilbert made her debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in a Hip Hop Symphonic program with the renowned artists MC Solaar, I AM, Youssoupha, Arsenik et Bigflo & Oli. Back in Québec, she conducted the world premiere of the film The Red Violin, with orchestra and soloist Lara St. John at the Festival de Lanaudière. 

Overseas she has conducted the China Youth Symphony Orchestra (China), le Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), l'Estonian National Youth Orchestra and the Pärnu City Orchestra (Estonia). In February 2014, she was 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. Last season, she made her debut in the United States with the Eugene Symphony (Oregon) and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina).  Dina Gilbert also made her debut in Japan, conducting a series of five concerts with the Sinfonia Varsovia in Niigita and Tokyo in April and May 2017.

In 2017-2018, Dina Gilbert will begin her new tenures as Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire (Quebec) and of the Kamloops Symphony (British-Colombia).  Highlights of the upcoming season include debut with the the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. She will also return to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestre métropolitain. 

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 Canada Arts Council, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and from the Père-Lindsay Foundation.

Dina Gilbert is represented by the KAJIMOTO agency.