Of Flemish-Irish parents, Adrian Gebruers holds the unique distinction of being the first Irish-born carillonneur in the long history of the instrument. A graduate of the National University of Ireland, he received his initial carillon tuition from his father (Staf Gebruers) and subsequently studied under Jef Rottiers, Piet van den Broek and Eddy Mariën at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen (Flanders). In 2010 he celebrates his fortieth year as Carillonneur of St Colman's Cathedral in Cobh, which in 2002 with UCC was the venue for the 13th Congress of the World Carillon Federation and in 2003 for the IX Eurocarillon Festival. A frequent guest recitalist throughout Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan, as well as on radio, television and recordings, he has been the recipient of several Travel Awards and a research grant from the Irish Arts Council and Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as a Tyrone Guthrie Centre – Cork County Council Regional Bursary and commissions from the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland and Alfred University (New York). A former Assistant Principal of Colaiste Muire in Cobh, he is lecturer in carillon studies at the UCC Music School. President of the World Carillon Federation from 1998 to 2006 and Honorary President of the British Carillon Society from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2001 to 2006, Adrian Gebruers is also a founding Vice-President of Eurocarillon. In 2005 he received from Pope John Paul II the very special honour of being made a Papal Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG) for services to the Church. He has become increasingly interested in composing and adapting music of the Irish traditional idiom for the carillon, an instrument that he believes is particularly suited to this genre. He is married to Dr Elizabeth Gebruers and they have two sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Summoned By Bells: on 19-10-2010 a carillon concert presented by Adrian Gebruers & Boudewijn Zwart was the final concert at Grand Parade Library of the Fleischmann Centenary year. The programme featured the work of Aloys Fleischmann, born 1910 and his contemporary Staf Gebruers who died in 1970. This year marks Adrian Gebruers forthieth year as carilloneur at Cobh Cathedral.
Click on the link below to read the programme booklet in PDF format.Summoned By Bells(1KB)