Music Director, New York Philharmonic

New York Philharmonic Music Director ALAN GILBERT is going all out for his 50th birthday, and you’re invited. Celebrate with this star-studded concert featuring Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Yefim Bronfman, Renée Fleming, Frank Huang, and Pamela Frank. “This coming together of kindred spirits and people who love music and who love each other is all you can ask for,” says Alan.



This concert is a special event of the 2016–17 season.

23FEB, 2017 Thursday, 7:30 PM David Geffen HalL $59-139


J.S. Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Brahms Andante — Piu adagio, from Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven Allegro con brio, from Piano Concerto No. 3
Bruch Finale — Allegro energico, from Violin Concerto No. 1
R. Strauss “Morgen!”
Korngold “Marietta’s Lied,” from Die tote Stadt
Dvořák/Arr. Kreisler, adapted by T. Batiashvili
“Goin’ Home,” from Largo from Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Gershwin An American in Paris

Alan Gilbert Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Alan Gilbert Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell Violin

Frank Huang Violin

Pamela Frank Violin
Emanuel Ax Piano
Lisa Batiashvili Violin
Yefim Bronfman Piano
Renée Fleming Soprano

Alan Gilbert was born in New York City. He is the son of two New York Philharmonic violinists, Michael Gilbert and Yoko Takebe, both now retired from the orchestra. Growing up in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Gilbert attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale, where he was a top student. As a youth, he learned the violin, viola, and piano. His sister, Jennifer Gilbert, also studied violin, and became a professional violinist.

In the 1980s, Gilbert studied music at Harvard University, where he was music director of the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra in 1988–89.While in Boston, Gilbert also studied with violinist Masuko Ushioda at the New England Conservatory of Music. After obtaining his degree at Harvard, Gilbert studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School of Music with Otto-Werner Mueller. In 1994, he won the Georg Solti prize, which garnered him a week’s private tutoring with maestro Solti. Also in 1994, Gilbert won first prize at the Inte

Alan Gilbert

Alan Gilbert

rnational Competition for Musical Performance in Geneva.

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009. He simultaneously maintains a major international presence, making guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Gilbert is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and former Principal Guest Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg. He has led productions for the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he served as the first appointed Music Director.

In seven years at the New York Philharmonic, Gilbert has succeeded in transforming the 175-year-old institution into a leader on the cultural landscape. He has led staged productions of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake to great acclaim, and encouraged the development of two series devoted to contemporary music: CONTACT!, introduced in 2009, and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today’s music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers, which was inaugurated in 2014 and returned in 2016.

Gilbert is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies and holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at the Juilliard School. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 conducting John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2014, honored with the Foreign Policy Association Medal and named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2015, and nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Direction of two New York Philharmonic productions: Sweeney Todd and a 100th-birthday gala tribute to Frank Sinatra, broadcast on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center in 2015 and 2016, respectively.


A Concert for New York (Part 1 of 6 – Star Spangled Banner & Remarks by Alan Gilbert) In remembrance and renewal on the tenth anniversary of September 11, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic give A Concert for New York, a free performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.

Alan Gilbert on the challenge of new music (Feb. 11, 2016) | Charlie Rose “I think many masterpieces in music, in literature, in visual arts, are ahead of their time. I think anything that is great, by definition, is changing people’s expectations.” Alan Gilbert, the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, explains why appreciating new classical music is so challenging today.

Alan Gilbert conducts Beethoven July 16, 2016  The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classically trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and current Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians. The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, nearly half of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, visiting artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2016 Summer School and Festival took place from June 13 to August 6 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit

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