Northern Irish musicologist, teacher and keyboard player Bob Gilmore was born at Carrickfergus on 6 June 1961. He studied at York University, Queen's University in Belfast and at the University of California, San Diego.
Gilmore founded and directed the Amsterdam-based ensemble Trio Scordatura, dedicated to performing music exploring alternative tuning systems, and for a year in 2014, was editor of Tempo, the quarterly journal of new music. He wrote a biography of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier (University of Rochester Press, 2014). His expertise was in American music, particularly the experimental tradition of microtonal and spectral music, but he also wrote about the work of young Irish composers.
He taught at Queens University, Belfast, at Dartington College of Arts (where he was a member of the ensemble Difference Engine with Christopher Pressler) and at Brunel University in London. He was a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent.
Bob Gilmore died on 2 January 2015, aged fifty-three.