Born in Saint-Benoît Labre de Beauce, Qc, Canada, Guillaume Gilbert studied classical guitar at the Cégep de Drummondville (2001-2003) receiving first prize at the Guitare-Drummond Competition. He then attended the University of Sherbrooke studying jazz guitar with Michael Gauthier, Jonathan Geary and François Léveillée, as well as composition with Jean-Pierre Zanella. That is where he received his B. Mus., Graduate Diploma as well as several government grants. In addition to that, he holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University, where he studied under such greats as Greg Clayton, Jan Jarczyk, Joe Sullivan and Alec Walkington.
For the past 10 years, M. Gilbert has been active both as a professional musician and teacher in the Sherbrooke area and elsewhere in Quebec. His first CD under his own name, just released in 2013, is a trio recording of lesser-known standards (guillaumegilberttrio.bandcamp.com). It features his own brand of playing, influenced by major jazz performers, namely Lester Young, Charlie Christian, Hank Mobley, Grant Green and Ed Bickert. He plays lead guitar in the rock&roll band The Singles (http://www.thesingles.ca) and has also performed on other jazz, pop and rock albums by Roxane De Lafontaine, Philibert Bélanger, Brazz and Dactylo Fidelity.
M. Gilbert is a guitar instructor at Bishop’s University and has also taught at Sherbrooke University and Cégep de Sherbrooke.