Multi-instrumentalist from an early age, Gilles Durot developped his talent for percussion first with Jean-Daniel Lecoq at the Bordeaux Conservatory then with Michel Cerutti at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), and quickly went on to play with the major Parisian orchestras: the National Orchestra of France, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and the Paris National Opéra Orchestra, directed by Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Peter Eötvös and Jonathan Nott among others.
He joined the Ensemble Intercontemporain in late 2007. He has also been a soloist with the Ensemble Multilatérale since its creation in 2005 and is part of the Trio K/D/M which he founded in 2008 along with percussionist Bachar Khalifé and accordionist Anthony Millet. The trio's take on current contemporary music is a savory blend of genres and techniques.
With flautist Mihi Kim, he also founded a flute and marimba duo which explores the rich diversity of a large repertoire. Gilles Durot constantly seeks new musical experiences and has played with ensembles ranging from jazz to rock, performing with artists from a broad spectrum including Johnny Hallyday, Les Tambours du Bronx, rapper Kery James, tango guitarist Tomás Gubitsch and jazz musician Louis Sclavis.
Associated with Majestic since 2011, Gilles Durot received support from the Meyer Foundation for cultural and artistic development and was awarded an encouragement prize in November 2010 from the Academy of Fine Arts' Simone and Cino del Duca Foundation (Institute of France).