Seth Gilman is a graduate of Mannes College of Music, and received his master’s from the University of Michigan. Upon finishing his work in Ann Arbor, Seth returned to his native New York, freelancing primarily in the new and early music scenes.
Since then, Seth has premiered many works, such as Osnat Netzer’s The Wondrous Woman Within, James Barry’s Sucker and Smashed, the orchestrated version of Ambiguous Kafka by Ronnie Reshef, Six Poèmes by André Brégégère, Seth Bedford and Michael Ching songs in operamission new cabaret, Mary Kouyoumdjian’s I am a Fish with Hotel Elephant (in an Experiments in Opera program and later at the New Music Bake Sale), Kamala Sankaram’s Murder Mystery, and Jeremiah Bornfield’s The Garden. He has also premiered works by Guy Barash, Clint Borzoni, Ben Brody, Robert Cuckson, David Durst, Brian Erickson, Noam Faingold, Gilbert Galindo, Jeff Hudgins, Susan Kander, Jiří Kadeřábek, Lin Mu-Xuan, David Mallamud, Eugene McBride, Pat Muchmore, Paul Pinto, Chad Raines, Edward RosenBerg III, Dov Rosenschein, Eric Shanfield, Karen Siegel, and Alex Temple. Other important non-premieres have included performing Jacob Richman’s Ecology at Billings Forge, realizing Joe Diebes’ WOW! at BRIC, participating in the Brooklyn Art Song Society’s complete Charles Ives festival, presenting Guy Barash’s Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins at Roulette, and singing the eponymous role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Musica NYC. Seth has collaborated with local ensembles and projects such as Anti-Social Music, the Center for Contemporary Opera, DETOUR, Doctor Faustus, Experiments in Opera, the Huxley Vertical Cabaret, New Brew, the New York Continuo Collective, An Opera Grows in Brooklyn, Opera on Tap, OPERAtion Brooklyn, the Pioneers Go East Collective, and Random Access Music.
In addition to performing, Seth has curated shows for Opra on Tap’s new music collective New Brew, including a Wolfgang Rihm-centric one that received notice in the New York Times, one on Latin American themes, and a show of 10-minute operas. He also curated a series at Spectrum called Early/Late, in which selected ensembles explore performance of new music on historical instruments, and perform early music according to principles of contemporary performance practice, extended technique, and improvisation.