What happened since 1978
The swiss guitarist Gilbert Impérial was born in Aosta (north-western Italy) and was educated at the local Musical institute. Later he got his Solistendiplom (soloist diploma) from the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg (Germany), taught by M. Jürgen Ruck and a Konzertdiplom from the Haute Ecole des Arts de Berne, under the guidance of Elena Casoli. In 2006 he debuted in Japan (Gendai Guitar, Nagoya Players Association, Moisycos Guitar festival), and in 2007 he performed as a guest at the prestigious Argentinian and Uruguayan Mozarteum for a tour in South America. In 2007 he was invited to the Mozart Festival in Trent to perform in duo with Francesco Pepicelli (cello) and the orchestra Filarmonica A. Toscanini di Parma. Gilbert Impérial has gone through intense concert activity as a soloist and collaborator with numerous chamber music groups and orchestras (Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano G. Verdi, Orchestra Filarmonica A. Toscanini di Parma, Ensemble Contrechamps, Fiarí Ensemble) under the batton of important maestros (Peter Eötvös, Manfred Honneck, Peter Rundel, Vladimir Jurowskij, Wayne Marshall, Cristopher Poppen) and has the further opportunity to collaborate with diverse composers such as Peter Eötvös, Andrea Nosari, Davide Sanson, Uros Rojko, Maurizio Pisati and Luca Francesconi. In his concerts, Gilbert Impérial takes on repertoire from every period, with a singular interest for contemporary and chamber music. He alternates from classical to electric, to bass guitar in his recitals. His performances have been broadcasted by the Italian RaiTre and RadioTre, the Swiss "Télevision de la Suisse Romande", German "Bayerische Rundfunk" and on Vietnam State Television. In recent years he has won various academic scholarships and international competitions in music interpretation in both Italy and beyond. More recently, he has achieved the project TRASH TV TRANCE for IGNM in Berne, dedicated to the music of Fausto Romitelli. For this occasion, he performed the Swiss debut of the works entitled "Trash Tv Trance" for electric guitar and "Blood on the Floor" for ensemble. With the group "il trio", he has recorded a CD with the Japanese record label Moisycos, dedicated to Paganini's chamber music.