Daniel Gilbert


College Orchestral Institute
High School Orchestral Institute

Clarinetist Daniel Gilbert joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2007 where he holds the position of Professor of Clarinet. Previously, he held the position of Second Clarinet in the Cleveland Orchestra from 1995 to 2007. Concurrently with his position in the Cleveland Orchestra, he served on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Mr. Gilbert also serves as Principal Clarinet of the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, a group that brings free concerts to underserved areas of Cleveland, OH. 

A native of New York City, Gilbert received a BA from Yale University and both an MM degree and a Professional Studies Certificate from The Juilliard School. Before joining the Cleveland Orchestra, Gilbert was active as a freelancer in New York City, appearing regularly with groups including The Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theater, New Jersey Symphony, Solisti New York, the Stamford Symphony, and the New Haven Symphony, where he played principal clarinet from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Gilbert was a member of the Quintet of the Americas in1994-1995. The group toured throughout the United States and was in residence at Northwestern University. During the summer months, Mr. Gilbert is a faculty member and Principal Clarinet at the Brevard Music Center and at the Classical Tahoe Music Festival. 

Mr. Gilbert is an artist and clinician for the Vandoren and Buffet Crampon corporations and plays exclusively on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces on Buffet clarinets. Gilbert’s master classes and recitals have received critical acclaim throughout the world.