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Gilbert Isbin
Information Discography Concerts schedule
Instrument(s) Guitar, Composer, Lute
Date of birth May 29, 1953
Place of birth Knokke
Contact information
Phone +32 (0)50 67 02 45
Email Write an email
Web site Dedicated website
 Current bands

Isbin trio (Leader)      Gilbert Isbin Solo (Sideman)

Gilbert Isbin’s compositional and performing style defies genre, blending elements of contemporary classical, jazz, early music, world music and improvisation. He has been compared favourably to the likes of Ralph Towner and Egberto Gismonti, his music described as “oblique, subtle, and hauntingly beautiful”

He has performed on festivals and major venus throughout Europe and the US with a.o bassplayers Cameron Brown, Joe Fonda, Scott Walton, Hugh Hopper, violist Jeff Gauthier, reedplayers Vinny Golia, John Ruocco, cellist Ernst Reijseger, hurdy gurdy player Iep Fourier, tuba player Michel Godard guitarplayers Sandro du Stefano, Rob Mac Killop, Bruce Arnold, pipa player Jie Ma, percussion players Alex Cline, Chris Joris, …

As a leader and co‐leader, he has recorded an impressive string of recordings for various labels.

His compositions for guitar(s)), lute(s) and ensemble, appr. 300 thus far, are published by Mel Bay (USA),Berben Edizioni Musicali (IT), The UK Lute Society, Lantro Music (B), Golden River Music (B), Kameleon Editions (B), Auurk Ed (B), VRT Publishing (B).

4 books are to be published by Mel Bay :
  • Solo Guitar Artistry/ Contemporary Guitar Solos’ by Gilbert Isbin & Edited and Recorded by Rob Mackillop
  • ‘Classical and Contemporary Studies for Bass Guitar’ featuring studies by Giovanni Bottesini and Gilbert Isbin, Edited and Recorded by Rob Mackillop
  • 'The Improvising Lutenist' , Edited and recorded by Gilbert Isbin
  • 'The Improvising Fingerstyle Guitarist', Edited and recorded by Gilbert Isbin

  • Nowadays he performs as a soloist and with the Isbin Trio


  • Stathis Skandalidis Plays Gilbert Isbin, CD, Tern, Belgium, 2015
  • Recall, Gilbert Isbin, Scott Walton, CD, USA, pfMentum, 2012, USAInvocation, Gilbert Isbin, Bruce Arnold, CD, MSK, NY, USA,2007
  • Crypto, Gilbert Isbin, Sandro Di Stefano, CD, Berben, Italy, 2008
  • Constellation, CD, Isbin/Szabo/Major Trio, Pannon Jazz (Hu), 2006
  • Water With A Smile, CD, Jazzhalo, Belgium, 2004
  • Red Wine, CD, TRTR, Germany, 2003
  • Blisters, CD, Jazz Halo, Belgium, 2003
  • Gilbert Isbin Plays Nick Drake, CD, TRTR, Germany, 2000
  • The Fingerstyle Of Gilbert Isbin, CD, MP3.COM, USA 2001
  • Twins, CD, Tern, Belgium, 1999 (with Geert Verbeke)
  • Soloworks, CD, Jazzhalo, Belgium, 1997
  • Acoustic Dialogues, CD, Tern, Belgium,1995 (with Rudy de Sutter)
  • 1,37, CD, EXT, Belgium, 1995 (with Extensions)
  • Motions, CD, EXT, Belgium, 1994 (with Extensions)
  • Spring Cleaning, CD, VKH, Belgium, 1992 (with Cameron Brown)
  • Blue Sounds and Touches, CD, HWYL, UK, 1991
  • The Clear Perception, LP, HWYL, UK, 1987
  • Pure, LP, Tern, Belgiium,1984


  • FIngerprints 1, CD, Comav, Belgium, 2015
  • Fingerprints 2, CD, Klara, 2016
  • Lexicon van de Muziek in West-Vlaanderen, CD, Klara, Belgium, 2005
  • Lullabyes, CD, UK, 2004
  • 10 Short Stories and four Fifths, CD, UK, 2004 with Iain Cameron
  • European Trytone Festival 2003, CD, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Highveld Easter Plundafonix, CD, UK,2002
  • Trance Planet VOL 4 , TRILOKA, POLYGRAM (USA) 1999 with a.o. Camarón de la Isla, Abida Parveen, Marta Sebestyén, Brain Keane,...

  • In the past, was also involved in the following bands:
    Gilbert Isbin Group      Gilbert Isbin / Iep Fourier

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