Cellist, Composer, SoundPainting Conductor, Improviser. All are words which describe Gil Selinger, a musician at the forefront of 21st century music making.
As a cellist, Gil's background is in Classical, Jazz, and Free Improvisation. All of which he has merged into a style called Classical Improvisation. As a soloist Gil has appeared with the Brooklyn Philharmonic playing Chant Du Menestral by Alexander Glazunov, and he has recored together with the Modern Chamber Orchestra the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major, both as written and as an improvised composition together with SoundPainting Conductor Walter Thompson. He has appeared in every major music space in New York City including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and downtown at Tonic, the Knitting Factory and others. Gil has also appeared on tour throughout Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand.
Gil performs with many musicians such as Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Todd Reynolds, Sonny Murray, Marilyn Crispell, Satoshi Takeishi, Anders Nilsson, Francois Grillot, Assif Tsahar, Marvin Hamlisch, Petr Kotik, Archie Shepp, Ryan Sawyer, Jessica Pavone, and more.
Gil's Compositions for chamber groups, orchestra, and cello can be heard in a variety of settings. Recently, his music appears in the feature film Take Out directed by Sean Baker. He also makes a small acting appearance in the film as the Euro Guy. His music has also been used in several short films including R by Lukas Gahwiler (Switzerland), and No More directed by his sister Liv Selinger.