Gerard Gibbs has enjoyed a versatile and international career as an oboist, concert producer as well as an executive level manager in the arts. A dual Italian/United States citizen he has worked in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and organized concerts in the United States, Canada and abroad.
He first studied oboe performance with Donald Baker at Wayne State University and Ingo Gortizki at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, recorder with Shelley Gruskin at the College of St Scholastica and took the route of Early Music, performing baroque and classical oboes and recorders with the Waverly Consort, the Minneapolis Bach Society, the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Classical Orchestra, and Vancouver’s Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
As a professional oboist he has held positions with the Detroit Civic Orchestra, Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Macleod International Festival and was instructor of oboe at the University of Lethbridge.
From 2002 to 2010 he was executive director of Alberta’s oldest performing arts venue, the Empress Theatre where he founded the Fort Macleod International Festival in 2005 with the renowned violist Rivka Golani. Together they commissioned and premiered new works from composers Allan Bell, Benjamin Ellin, Hollos Mate, Aurel Hollo, Douglas Finch, and Stephen Montague.
In 2009 he was winner of the Rozsa Foundation’s Innovation Award for excellence and innovation in arts management. He is now Managing Director of the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, British Columbia and plans to create a new chamber music festival based there. The SoWeCa Chamber Music Festival will bring performances to Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump and the University of Lethbridge in late May 2014.