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1967Born February 23 in New York City to violinist parents
1976Attends Mahler Festival at New York's Carnegie Hall, featuring performances of the Austrian composer's nine symphonies conducted by Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf and James Levine (October)
1980sStudies at Harvard, the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School
1993 Assistant concertmaster of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra
1995-97 Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra
1997 Wins Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award
2000 Becomes Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
2000Makes debut at New York's Carnegie Hall conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's (February 24). The program features the world premiere of Joan Tower's The Last Dance, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Christian Zacharias and Schumann's Symphony No. 2.
2001Makes conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic
2001Conducts his first fully-staged opera production, Verdi's Falstaff, in Santa Fe
2002Marries Kajsa William-Olsson
2003 Conducts debut performances with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam (June)
2003Zurich Opera debut with new production of Zemlinsky's Der Kreidekreis (The Chalk Circle), his first European performances of a staged opera (October)
2003 Named first music director in Santa Fe Opera's history (October)
2003 Leads weeklong festival celebrating life and works of French composer Henri Dutilleux in Stockholm and Gothenburg (November)
2004 Conducts world Premiere in Stockholm of large-scale oratorio His Name Was Orestes, by Swedish Composer Daniel Bortz (February)
2004 Conducts Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the first time (April)
2004Birth of daughter, Noemi.
2004 Participates in New York Philharmonic's "Ives: An American Original" festival commemorating 50th anniversary of composer's death; conducts, among other works, Ives's notoriously challenging Symphony No. 4 (May)
2004 Takes Royal Stockholm Philharmonic on eight-city tour of Japan (September)
2004 Begins debut season as Principal Guest Conductor of Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra (October)
2004Conducts the New York Philharmonic's annual performance of Handel's Messiah at New York's Riverside Church (December)
2005 Conducts Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's first performances of Magnus Lindberg's Feria; returns to Chicago Symphony Orchestra to conduct Swedish composer Anders Hillborg's Exquisite Corpse (February)
2005Birth of son, Esra.
2005Brings the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra to New York's Carnegie Hall (October) for their first concerts there in two decades....
Programs include the fifth symphonies of Sergei Prokofiev and Gustav Mahler; while in New York, Gilbert leads the orchestra in a special performance at the United Nations commemorating both the 60th anniversary of the organization as well as the 100th birthday Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld (Secretary General of the U.N. from 1953 to 1961)
2005Leads a John Adams Composer Festival in Stockholm (November 7 – 17)
2005 New agreement with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra extends tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor through 2007-08 (November)
2006 Again in the U.S. for guest conducting engagements with Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic (January-February).
2006 Debut with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin conducting Mahler's tragic Sixth Symphony; called 'podium god' by major German critic (January).
2006 Unscheduled Berlin Philharmonic debut, replacing ailing Bernard Haitink. Programs include Schumann's First and Brahms's Third symphonies (February)
2006Returns to Zurich Opera for the second consecutive season, this time conducting Puccini's Turandot
2006Featured on cover of Opera News (June)
2006 Opens Santa Fe Opera's 50th anniversary season conducting Bizet's Carmen, then North American premiere of Thomas Adès's Tempest, and company's 50th anniversary gala (June 29; July 29; August 12)
2007Appointed Music Director of the New York Philharmonic on July 18, with his initial five-year term beginning with the 2009-10 season. Gilbert will be among the youngest music directors in the history of the New York Philharmonic, and will be the first native New Yorker to hold the post.
2007Makes Vienna State Opera debut, conducting Carmen (September)
2008Conducts final concerts (June 5 and 7) in eight-year tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra...
Performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 recorded by BIS for future release; at post-concert dinner and party on June 7, orchestra names Gilbert Conductor Laureate, becoming one of only three conductors in its history (along with Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Antal Dorati) to achieve such recognition.
2008Conducts his first Central Park Concert (July 15) with the New York Philharmonic following his debut with the orchestra in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.
2008Metropolitan Opera debut with new production of John Adams's Doctor Atomic (nine performances beginning October 13); this was also the first Adams opera ever performed at the Met...
The New York Times reported, "...the big news may be the work of the conductor Alan Gilbert, in his overdue Met debut. The performance he draws from the Met orchestra and chorus is a revelation. This score continues to impress me as Mr. Adams's most complex and masterly music. Whole stretches of the orchestral writing tremble with grainy colors, misty sonorities and textural density. Mr. Gilbert exposes the inner details and layered elements of the music: obsessive riffs, pungently dissonant cluster chords, elegiac solo instrumental lines that achingly drift atop nervous, jittery orchestral figurations. Yet in bringing out the intricacies, he never impedes the music's organic shape and forward thrust. The tension mounts as Mr. Adams builds up a din of pummeling rhythms and fractured meters, with orchestra chords exploding into shards of harmonic debris: call it Atomic Minimalism."
2008At an afternoon luncheon on October 27, Gilbert and senior management of the New York Philharmonic meet a small group of classical music writers and critics and give them a preview of Alan's first season as Music Director....
Topics covered include Magnus Lindberg's appointment as composer in residence, Thomas Hampson's appointment as artist in residence, and the creation of a special contemporary music ensemble from members of the orchestra. That evening, the Japan Society hosts "An Evening with Alan Gilbert" for the public, where Gilbert discusses his life, career and influences and his recent debut at the Met. Eric Owens, who portrays General Groves in the Met production, performs three songs from Doctor Atomic.
2008On October 28, BIS releases in the U.S. Gilbert's recording of works by Christopher Rouse: Iscariot, Clarinet Concerto (with Martin Fröst) and Symphony No. 1.
2008Leads New York Philharmonic in all-Bernstein concert at Carnegie Hall (November 14) commemorating the 65th anniversary of Bernstein's historic debut there with the orchestra....
Program features suite from On The Waterfront, Serenade for Violin and Orchestra and Suites 1 and 2 from West Side Story. The concert is part of citywide Bernstein festival, "The Best of All Possible Worlds," co-presented by the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall.
2008Receives first Grammy Award nomination on December for recording with Chicago Symphony Orchestra of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite on orchestra's own CSO Resound label.
2009New York Philharmonic announces details of Alan Gilbert's first season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic with launch event/press conference at Avery Fisher Hall (January 12).
2009Makes debut with Vienna Symphony Orchestra in program of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Bartók (March).
2009Return engagement with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducting program of Dvořák and Martinů. (April).
2009Conducts world premiere of Peter Lieberson's new cantata, The World in Flower – a New York Philharmonic commission, with Joyce DiDonato, Russell Braun, and the New York Choral Artists – and Mahler's Symphony No. 1. It is his first performance of a Mahler symphony with the orchestra. (May).
2009Debut concert as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic (September 16) is broadcast on public television's "Live from Lincoln Center" series. Program includes world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg's EXPO, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Messiaen's Poèmes pour Mi, with soprano soloist Renée Fleming, and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.
2009Leads first subscription concerts as Music Director, a program featuring Mahler's Third Symphony (September 17, 18 and 22).
2009Leads New York Philharmonic on Asia Horizons Tour, the first tour of his tenure as Music Director (October 8 – 24). Tour cities include Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea; Hanoi (Vietnam debut, October 16, 17); Singapore ; Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (debut, October 23); and Al Ain, U.A.E. (October 24).