The Kamloops Symphony is pleased to announce their new Music Director, Dina Gilbert.

Recognized for her energy, her precision, and her versatility, Dina Gilbert brings great passion to bear on the orchestral repertoire, and is also dedicated to conducting new commissions and works by Canadian composers. A native of Québec, Gilbert was assistant conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal from 2013 to 2016.

Dina Gilbert has conducted numerous orchestras in Canada including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the NAC Orchestra in Ottawa, and the Orchestre métropolitain. Overseas she has conducted in Romania, Estonia, France, Germany, and China. She has also collaborated with many young Canadian composers, premiering over thirty works, and has conducted studio recordings for films and video games soundtracks.

Dina Gilbert earned a doctorate from the Université de Montréal, where she studied with Jean-François Rivest and Paolo Bellomia. She also holds of a Bachelor's degree in clarinet performance and a Master's in conducting. During her doctoral studies she was awarded a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture.

Gilbert says of her new position, “I am thrilled to begin my mandate as Music Director and Conductor of the Kamloops Symphony. When visiting for the first time, I immediately felt there was something special about this exceptional orchestra in such a vibrant community. Therefore, it is a tremendous honour for me to lead the upcoming season of the KSO with vision and passion, following the great legacy of Music Director Emeritus Bruce Dunn.”

Ms. Gilbert’s appointment follows a lengthy selection process that started about two years ago with more than 30 applications for the position. Executive Director Kathy Humphreys said of the process, “We were very impressed by the extremely high quality of applicants and the interest in the position from Canadian and international conductors. Our new Music Director has everything we were looking for in a leader to elevate the Kamloops Symphony to new artistic heights.”

Dina Gilbert will lead the KSO as they begin their 2017-2018 season this fall. Season subscription packages are available from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-374-5483, or in person at 1025 Lorne Street.