Bob Gilmore was born in Northern Ireland and studied at the University of York, England, at the University of California, San Diego (on a Fulbright scholarship), and at Queen's University Belfast. His Ph.D (Queen's University, 1992) was an analytical and textual study of the early works of the American composer, theorist and instrument builder Harry Partch. He went on to write Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998), which won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for works of excellence on American music, as did his more recent book, an edition of the collected writings of Partch's student Ben Johnston (Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music, University of Illinois Press, 2006). His current projects include a biography of the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier, presently nearing completion, and a book for the University of Illinois Press on the American composer and filmmaker Phill Niblock. Recent research has been supported by grants from the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
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