Orchestras in the 21st Century; a new paradigm

2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture - Alan Gilbert

Given on Wednesday 15 April 2015 at Milton Court, London

Alan Gilbert

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009, and is the first native New Yorker to be appointed to that post. He simultaneously maintains a major international presence, making regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Gilbert is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, where he served as Music Director for eight years, and this season marks his tenth anniversary as Principal Guest Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg.

At the New York Philharmonic, Gilbert has forged many artistic partnerships, introducing the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence which will be held in the 2015–16 season by Esa-Pekka Salonen and bass-baritone Eric Owens respectively, as well as the position of Artist-in-Association, held by pianist Inon Barnatan. Alan Gilbert’s lecture forms part of the New York Philharmonic’s Barbican International Associate Residency.

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