Xenia St. Charles Gilbert

Composer, 2020

Recently heralded as “cool and stuff” by a close friend, Ann Arbor-based composer, violinist, and improviser Xenia St. Charles Gilbert (b. 2000) aims to curate musical experiences that convey emotional and political meaning. 

As a composer, Xenia has collaborated with musicians such as the CSO Chamber Players, the Darling Duo, Front Porch, MoonGreen, and the Converge String Quartet. Her compositions have been performed in cities across the United States, as well as Perth, Australia. Xenia’s music has won awards from the National YoungArts Foundation, the American Composers’ Forum, the Center for Advanced Notation, and the Music Teachers’ National Association, and was recently featured on the Third Place Concert Series in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Xenia is also an accomplished violinist dedicated to premiering and performing new works by contemporary classical composers. She has premiered and performed her own music as well as the music of Dai Fujikura, Ellen Harrison, Jeffrey Mumford, Kristin Kuster, Brian Nabors, and many others. She is also a founding member of the Klezmer band Vaguely Yiddish. Xenia has a strong interest and background in improvisation. Xenia is a founding member of the improv band Vulnerability Hours, and also plays as a member of the University of Michigan’s Creative Arts Orchestra.  

Xenia is currently studying violin performance and music composition at the University of Michigan. Her mentors have included Aaron Berofsky, Kristin Kuster, and Stephen Rush. 

Xenia’s other interests include poetry, period instruments, public transit, and queer performance art.

Find out more about Xenia’s work on YouTube.