Violinist John Haspel Gilbert was appointed to the faculty of the Texas Tech University School of Music as Artist-Performer and Professor of Violin in 1995. An active soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator, he regularly performs throughout the United States and is a sought after clinician and adjudicator. Recent seasons have included appearances as soloist in concerti of Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Kurt Weill, and Vivaldi, broadcasts on NPR, and concerts throughout England, France, Iceland, Ireland, and Ita;y. In addition he has presented masterclasses at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, the Cork School of Music, and the Royal College of Music in London, England. Currently serving as concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert previously held this position with the Baton Rouge Symphony and Knoxville Symphony and has been a member of the faculty at the SMU Meadows School of Music, University of Memphis, and Hope College. His summers are spent as a member of the artist faculty of the Green Mt.(VT) Music Festival. Gilbert's principal studies were under the tutelage of Sally O'Reilly and Charles Castleman. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, the Yale University School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.
John Gilbert may be heard on the Sonoluminus, Naxos and Innova labels. His recording of the Concerto by Kurt Weill and the Chamber Concerto of Alban Berg (with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Timothy Muffit - conductor) was released on Sonoluminus in September of 2012 and one month later was nominated for a GRAMMY award.