Diane Gilbert is a violist and teacher, working in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara as well as Ventura County, where she has lived for the past 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Music in viola performance from University of the Pacific and then came to Southern California for graduate school, getting her Master of Music degree in viola performance from California State University, Northridge and studying with Alan deVeritch.
Ms. Gilbert is assistant principal violist of the New West Symphony and principal violist of the Santa Barbara Opera, as well as a member of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the California Philharmonic. She has also played principal viola at the Ahmanson Theatre for the past twenty years, performing in shows like Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Lion King, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Follies, and many others.
She has had the privilege of performing and recording with a variety of artists, from Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menuhin, Andre Previn, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Rostropovich to Elton John, Barry Manilow, Leonard Cohen, Bernadette Peters, Andrea Bocelli and Stevie Wonder.
In addition to her busy performance schedule, Diane coached chamber music at Humboldt State University’s Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop for nine years. She currently teaches both viola and violin at Moorpark College and in her private studio in Simi Valley.