Gilbert Rowland was born in Glasgow, in 1946. He studied the harpsichord with
Milicent Silver. Whilst a student at the Royal College of Music, he made his
harpsichord debut at Fenton House (1970) and first appeared at the Wigmore
Hall in 1973. A second recital there in 1975 led to a broadcast for Capital Radio.
In 1976 he appeared at Dartington Summer School of Music in masterclasses
given by Kenneth Gilbert and Fernando Valenti.
In 1985 he gave a recital in Berlin as part of the Scarlatti Festival being held
there, and in October of that year celebrated the 300th anniversary of Scarlatti s
birth at the Purcell Room with a concert entirely devoted to his Sonatas.
Broadcast performances for BBC Radio 3 have included live performances for
the'Concert Hall' series and recorded recitals of music by Scarlatti, Rameau and
In 1975 Gilbert Rowland established Keyboard Records for the sole purpose
of recording all Scarlatti's 555 harpsichord sonatas. Sixteen years on, Rowland
recorded 344 sonatas on 28 volumes - to the acclaim of the musical press.
Gilbert Rowland has also recorded the complete harpsichord
works of Rameau for Naxos and, for the same company, is now recording the
complete sonatas of Antonio Soler to much praise.