Michael Gilbertson (composer) (born May 31, 1987) is an award-winning American composer, conductor and pianist.
Gilbertson was born in Dubuque, Iowa. He obtained degrees from Juilliard School and Yale University. Among his composition teachers have been Samuel Adler, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman and Christopher Theofanidis. His published music includes choral works with Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer, and orchestral works with Theodore Presser. His Pops and Holiday music is available through Robert Wendel Music.
His orchestral music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and many regional orchestras,. An opera of his was performed by the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center; his choral music by Musica Sacra and many others, and his five ballets have been performed by (among others) the New York Choreographic Institute and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. His music was featured in a 2006 documentary, Rehearsing a Dream, that was nominated for an Academy Award.
Among the awards he has received are five Morton Gould Awards from ASCAP, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a BMI Student Composer Award and, in 2013, BMI's prestigious Boudleaux Bryant Commission. His piano trio Fold by Fold received the Israel Prize from the Society for New Music. In March, 2016, Musical America chose him as New Artist of the Month.
In 2009, Gilbertson founded a festival, Chamberfest Dubuque, as an annual fundraiser for the school at which he started his musical studies, Northeast Iowa School of Music. He returns to direct it annually.