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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 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," praised the New York Times.

Gilbert and the Philharmonic have forged special artistic partnerships, introducing the positions of Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, held in the 2013–14 season by Christopher Rouse and pianist Yefim Bronfman, respectively; an annual festival, which this season is The Beethoven Piano Concertos; the new-music series CONTACT!, which extends its reach this season with more concerts in new venues across the city; and, beginning in the spring of 2014, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today's music featuring a wide range of contemporary composers.

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, part of THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic; the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Frieze paired with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; four world premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer's centennial; and a staged production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. He also continues the Nielsen Project, a multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer's symphonies and concertos, the first release of which was among the New York Times Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012. The Music Director will preside over the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, with stops including Tokyo and Seoul, 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's B-minor Mass and Ives's Fourth Symphony, 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 Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka, created by Giants Are Small and starring New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns.

High points of Gilbert's first three Philharmonic seasons included the critically celebrated productions of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre (2010) and Janácek's Cunning Little Vixen (2011) — both cited as the top cultural events of their respective years — and Philharmonic 360 (2012), the acclaimed spatial music program featuring Stockhausen's Gruppen. Other highlights included world premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, and composers featured in CONTACT!; Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony in A Concert for New York on September 10; Mr. Gilbert's Philharmonic debut as violin soloist in J.S. Bach's Concerto for Two Violins; five concerts at Carnegie Hall; five tours to Europe; and the Asia Horizons tour.

In September 2011 Alan Gilbert became Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Juilliard School, where he is also the first to hold Juilliard's 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 orchestras nationally and internationally, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic. His 2013–14 season engagements include appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Juilliard Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and Orchestre National de Lyon.

Gilbert made his Metropolitan Opera debut to great acclaim in 2008 leading John Adams's Doctor Atomic; the DVD and Blu-ray of this production received the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Renée Fleming's recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which Gilbert conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. Earlier releases garnered Grammy Award nominations and top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone.

Alan Gilbert studied at Harvard University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard and was assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra (1995–97). In May 2010 he received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Curtis, and in December 2011 he received Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award for his "exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music."

August 2013