BRIAN BIOGRAPHY

Brian Gilbertson's career has taken him to many parts of the world across several performance genres.


From Rock singer to lawyer to international opera tenor, Brian Gilbertson has enjoyed a fascinating journey in the performance industry spanning more than 50 years. As a child he sang on national television in Australia and in children's opera. As a teenager and young man he sang in rock bands. In his 20's after completing a Law degree he added musicals and cabaret to his performance experience whilst working as a lawyer by day. In 1984 after 7 years as a lawyer, Brian sold his legal practice and went to Vienna to study singing, languages and drama. Brian attended the Hochschueler fuer Musik Darstellendar Kunst and studied voice privately with Maestro Franz Schuch-Tovini, also in Vienna. 

Brian then enjoyed a 20 year career singing as a principal tenor in opera, concerts, oratorio and musicals. He performed in the United States, Europe, South Africa, Asia and Australia. He has produced 6 commercial CD recordings (available on itunes and spotify) and later in his career enjoyed success as a director and producer of many concerts and major events. He also became well known for his appearances at major international sporting events singing the Australian National anthem together with the anthems of visiting countries. This started in 1996 when he first sang the Sri Lankan National Anthem at the Australia Day Cricket Test match in Adelaide, Australia. This was the first time a foreign national anthem was sung on Australia Day. Since that time, all major sporting events in Australia sing both the Australian national Anthem and the visiting country's anthem at these events.

In 1999 Brian was an Arts Ambassador for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He gave concerts and voice masterclasses in nine cities around the world. Students wanted to maintain contact for additional advice. The Brian Gilbertson free weekly singing tips site began in September of 2000. Brian has since continued to post free tips and has answered thousands of emails from around the globe. For 15 years he maintained a top 10 Google position with, Singers and Singing Teachers from over 180 countries visiting. More recently Brian has continued giving free tips through his singing tips facebook site.

Since 1999 Brian has become well known for his management, direction and production of major events and has since 2003 managed and directed the Adelaide Christmas Pageant in South Australia, one of the biggest and best Christmas Parades in the world.​ He still manages to find time to help singers and actors find their true voices and to deliver honesty in performance.

 

In 2010 Brian was awarded Citizen of the Year for the City of Adelaide Australia Day awards and in 2016 was awarded an Adelaide Festival Centre Walk of Fame Star in recognition of his service to the Performing Arts.

 

He is married with two children and lives in Adelaide, South Australia.



 

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