Jack Gibbons (born 1962) is an English classical pianist and composer. He performs music from a wide repertoire, but has especially championed the music of Frédéric Chopin, Charles-Valentin Alkan and George Gershwin.
Jack Gibbons has established a reputation an interpreter of the piano music of George Gershwin, whose original recorded improvisations he has reconstructed note-for-note and performed throughout the world. He regularly performs at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, where he has appeared annually for the last 16 years. In 2002 he won special praise for having fought his way back from a near-fatal car accident to perform once again to a capacity crowd at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the British press describing his achievement as “miraculous” and “gutsy”, and the BBC hailing him as “THE Gershwin pianist of our time”.
After several years away from the music world Gibbons returned to the London concert stage in 1990, giving the first of what became for the next 16 years annual all-Gershwin programs in Queen Elizabeth Hall. A year later he was invited to New York to meet members of Gershwin's family, including Gershwin's sister Frances Godowsky. In 1994 he made his US debut with recitals in New York and Washington DC, and is now a frequent visitor to New York. For the BBC Gibbons wrote and presented a special feature on George Gershwin for the Gershwin Centennial in 1998, with Academy Award winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley providing the voice of George Gershwin.
In January 1995, in Oxford, England, Jack Gibbons became the first performer to present in a single concert Alkan's entire Twelve Studies in the Minor Keys Opus 39 (the set includes two of Alkan's most famous works, the Symphony for Solo Piano and the Concerto for Solo Piano). Gibbons repeated the concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London a year later. The Times called the performance: "Awe-inspiring… not only does he possess both the stamina and a technique prodigious enough to master everything the music requires, but he scrupulously respects Alkan’s own insistence on clarity, precision and control in this most hugely romantic of music." In March 2007 Gibbons gave the first ever performance at Carnegie Hall of Alkan's Concerto for Solo Piano, first published in Paris in 1857.