Peter Gilbert says of his music, "I'm asking performers to listen, to immerse themselves in the sound of the piece. I think of my role as inventing a landscape or an architecture. The music then lives through their sensitive responses to those surroundings. Fortunately, I've been lucky to have incredible collaborators throughout my life." His work combines traditional instrumental writing with elements of improvisation, live-performed electronics, and other media. His multi- media opera "dreimaldrei gleich unendlich," written with partner Karola Obermüller, was premiered in 2009 as part of the Musik der Jahrhunderts festival in Stuttgart and is featured in the "Imagining Media" exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik (Karlsruhe, Germany).
He has held artist residencies at ZKM, Bourges (France), La Mortella (Italy), and Treehaven (Wisconsin), has been a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany) and been composer-in-residence for the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. Other accolades and commissions have come from the Barlow Foundation, the Russolo Foundation, the Look & Listen Festival, the Third Practice Festival, the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, the Washington International Composers Competition and the ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik. Gilbert's work as a composer, performer and producer can be heard on New Focus Recordings and at http://petergilbert.net.
He has taught composition, electronic music, music theory and music history at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and he is Founder and Co-Director of the Young Composers Program at CIM. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Music from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He currently teaches at the University of New Mexico as Assistant Professor of Composition.