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ALAN GILBERT
Conductor

Music Director, New York Philharmonic
Conductor Laureate, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg
Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies, The Juilliard School


Alan Gilbert began his tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2009. The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he has sought to make the Orchestra a point of civic pride for the city and country. "He is building a legacy that matters and is helping to change the template for what an American orchestra can be," The New York Times praised.

Mr. Gilbert and the Philharmonic have forged important artistic partnerships — establishing The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence — and introduced CONTACT!, the new-music series; an annual, multi-week festival; and, beginning in the spring of 2014, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. In the 2013–14 season Alan Gilbert conducts Mozart's three final symphonies; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film is screened; the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Frieze coupled with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; world premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer's centennial; and a staged production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. He also continues The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer's symphonies and concertos. The Music Director will preside over the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, featuring Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman performing Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Rapture, and Alan Gilbert narrating Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in Japanese at a Young People's Concert in Tokyo.

Last season's highlights included Bach, Ives, and Dallapiccola, and, during the EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour, participating in the Vienna Konzerthaus's centennial and performing Lindberg's Kraft and Rouse's Prospero's Rooms at the Volkswagen Transparent Factory. The season concluded with A Dancer's Dream, a multidisciplinary reimagining of Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka, created by Giants Are Small and starring New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns.

In September 2011 Alan Gilbert became Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he is the first to hold the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading ensembles such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Berlin Philharmonic.

Alan Gilbert's acclaimed 2008 Metropolitan Opera debut, leading John Adams's Doctor Atomic, received a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Renée Fleming's recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. He studied at Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard and was assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra (1995–97). His accolades include an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Curtis and Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award for his commitment to performing American and contemporary music.