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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

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, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra dell'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 has been Principal Guest Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg for more than a decade. He has led operatic productions for the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he served as the first appointed Music Director.

At the New York Philharmonic, Gilbert has widened the artistic reach of the 174-year-old institution. He initiated annual residencies for composers (2015/16 sees Esa-Pekka Salonen in this position) and leading performing artists (this season, bass-baritone Eric Owens and pianist Inon Barnatan), and led staged productions of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, Janácek's Cunning Little Vixen, Stravinsky's Petrushka, and Honegger's Joan of Arc at the Stake to great acclaim. Gilbert also encouraged the development of two series devoted to contemporary music: CONTACT!, introduced in 2009, and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today's music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers, which was inaugurated in 2014 and returns in 2016. Last season's release of Nielsen's three concertos completed Gilbert's "Nielsen Project"with the New York Philharmonic: four albums representing the complete symphonies and concertos on Denmark's Dacapo label that celebrated the Dane's 150th birthday. In August 2015 he led the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. stage premiere of George Benjamin's Written on Skin, a special co-production of the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center.

Gilbert is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies and holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at the Juilliard School. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut to great acclaim in 2008 conducting John Adams's Doctor Atomic, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award. Renée Fleming's Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. In May 2010 Mr. Gilbert received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, and in December 2011 Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award for his "exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music."He was elected to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2014, was honored with the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2015, and is nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction of the New York Philharmonic's acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd, broadcast on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center in 2015. He also gave the 2015 lecture for London's Royal Philharmonic Society, speaking on "Orchestras in the 21st Century – a new paradigm."

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