Musician Profile: Iain Gibbs


Iain Gibbs, Violinist and Leader of Orchestra Vitae

When did you first play with Orchestra Vitae and why do you keep coming back?

I played with the Orchestra Vitae in the very first concert, performing Brahms’ First Symphony. This was such an exciting beginning for the orchestra and it has been fantastic to see the orchestra develop so quickly. There are so many reasons to keep coming back – the chance to work with other enthusiastic and committed young orchestral players is a treat every time and the concerts are always special occasions because of that energy and fresh approach that Orchestra Vitae brings to the repertoire it performs.

Do you have favourite Orchestra Vitae Concert?

It would have to be the debut concert at St John’s Smith Square in Autumn 2013. The anticipation and excitement before the concert was bettered only by the concert itself! Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique was a performance that will stay with me for a very, very long time.

Do you have any other exiting projects happening around London?

I am currently working towards performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with London Beethoven Project on November 15th (St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, 7.30pm!). This is the culmination of a complete Beethoven Symphony Cycle that I have been helping to run this year. It’s been a great adventure of which I have loved every minute. I am also working on Bruckner’s 8th Symphony for a concert back at St John’s, Smith Square next month with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra.


More about Iain’s Career:

Iain Gibbs began playing the violin at the age of six and went on to study with Erik Houston at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department from 2001 – 2009.

Currently on the second year of the Masters Course at the Royal College of Music, Iain studies with Detlef Hahn. He was awarded a place on the RCM/BBC Symphony Orchestra Orchestral Pathway, which has led to work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Whilst studying as a scholar at Trinity College of Music with John Crawford, Iain won and was Highly Commended in a number of competitions.

Iain is frequently asked to lead orchestral projects in and around London and has recently led projects with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Marryat Players, London Beethoven Project, Portobello Orchestra and King’s Philharmonic. He has performed at venues across London, including the Royal Opera House, Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and the House of Lords and has worked in France as part of Westminster Opera Company’s Emerging Artists Programme.