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Alan Gilbert to continue as chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra until 2029

21cmediagroup / 17th February 2023 / News

 The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and its chief conductor Alan Gilbert are extending their partnership beyond 2024 to summer 2029, thus setting the course for a future together. 

Gilbert and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra have realised their vision of a 21st century orchestra through outstanding concert productions, most recently at the Visions Festival at the Elbphilharmonie, which thrilled regular audiences and new concert-goers alike. 

NDR Director Joachim Knuth is delighted at the long-term perspective of this successful collaboration: “Alan Gilbert is an extraordinary ambassador of and driving force behind music. Over the past years, he has proactively supported the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and wowed audiences with his artistic and programming ideas, his true professionalism, and his friendly leadership style. Alan will be with us until 2029. How brilliant!” 

Alan Gilbert has long had close ties with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra: He was their principal guest conductor from 2004 to 2015, subsequently accepting the position of chief conductor in 2019. The continued partnership between the American and the Elbphilharmonie’s resident orchestra not only represents a continuity full of trust and a distinct sense of tradition, but it also demonstrates how they have their sights firmly set on the future.