James Gibson, composer and pianist. Photo by Gary Jameson.

JAMES GIBSON is one of the most prolific composers of today, with well over 200 works in all genres and styles. His widely diversified career includes piano recitals and recordings, conducting, film and theatrical directing, writing, teaching and acting. Numerous commissions include American Theatre in Berlin, poet John I. Nash, Cornell University, AcquaTroupe, World Oceans Arts, mezzo-soprano Ellena Hogrefe, visual artist Kumi Korf, Oceantroupe Films and many others. He has performed as a pianist and actor Off Broadway and his play "Cafe Playa Moon" has had three separate professional New York productions. Dr.Gibson taught for a number of years at Cornell University, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, and Penn State University at Hazleton. In recent years he has taught privately and performed constantly. He has also directed over eighty operas and musical theatre works, and many plays and films. He is Artistic Director of World Oceans Arts, and is the producer and host of several online video lecture series and arts career guidance tutorials. Much of his work is dedicated to encouraging and supporting fellow composers, and aspiring performing and creative artists; and to exploring broader interaction among artists, audiences, and influential figures in all walks of life. He is widely recognized for ambitious and innovative hybridization of various arts, and for a remarkably skillful ability to maintain solid traditions while creating music which is often referred to as being mystical, captivating, highly original, and possessed of sheer beauty and warmth.

James Gibson earned degrees in music from the Universities of Michigan and Maryland, and Cornell University. His principal mentors in composition were Leslie Bassett, Lawrence Moss, Karel Husa, Ross Lee Finney and Burton Beerman. He has also studied or performed with many leading artists including Thomas Schippers, Gian Carlo Menotti, Patricia Kern, David Zinman, Russell Christopher, Thomas Hilbish, Elmar Oliveira, James Oliver Buswell, Justino Diaz, Christopher Rouse, Ida Kavafian, Steven Stucky, Justus Frantz, Christoph Eschenbach, Enzo Dara, Joseph Banowetz, Benita Valente, Maria Valdes, Jerzy Sapieyevski, Ellena Hogrefe, and Karen Keys. His compositions have been performed in 48 states and about 35 countries.

Dr. Gibson is founding artistic director of World Oceans Arts, which provides opportunities for creative and performing artists worldwide. He is also a lifelong geographer and linguist, and has been recognized as among the top 50 birders in the world. His studies of birdsong influence some of his compositions, and he leads and films nature tours worldwide for Oceans & Islands. James recently wrote, directed and composed music for two feature films,"Sing to the Stars" (available on CreateSpace/Amazon) and "Litany", which will be released soon. He will also perform numerous works by living composers on piano recitals, multi arts events and recordings over the next year. His opera "Henry the Sixth Part I" (a setting of the Shakespeare play) is in preparation for its world premiere. He also provides both narration and music for the increasingly popular video series, "Exploring with Shakespeare". MOST RECENT COMPOSITIONS: Discovery and Sailing, both for solo piano; The Savior, a Christmas carol based on poetry by John I. Nash; Popodne for piano, which will be premiered in Atlanta this month as background for a series of multiarts tableaux; Morning Wings for large chamber ensemble; November Whispers, trombone solo; Serbian Smooth for two percussionists. RECENTLY RELEASED: "Living Piano Music by James Gibson", a CD of twelve original works, available at world.oceans7@gmail.com. Current recording projects: A series of CDs of music by living composers, numerous SCI members among them; musical direction of Lawrence Moss' "The Brute"; and twelve of his own original art songs featuring mezzo soprano Ellena Hogrefe. On YOUTUBE: "Threshold", his most often-requested piano composition, which was inspired by Javanese gamelan. In 2018: Dr. Gibson will oversee a nationwide tour of all 50 states by AcquaTroupe, an ensemble which combines music with theatre, film/video, dance, literature and visual arts. More information is at worldoceansarts.org.