Alan Gilbert extends tenure as New York Philharmonic music director

Charlotte Smith26th Oct 2012
Alan Gilbert extends tenure as New York Philharmonic music directorAlan Gilbert and executive director Matthew VanBesien announce the contract extension to the NY Philharmonic (photo: Chris Lee)

Alan Gilbert has extended his contract as New York Philharmonic music director for a further three years. The conductor, whose tenure originally began on September 16, 2009, will remain the orchestra’s music director until the end of the 2016-17 season. During the last three years he has forged a strong bond with the Philharmonic, evident in confident performances and programming of a wide range of repertoire. His tenure has also been marked by successful tours to Vietnam, London’s Barbican and San Francisco, and a number of new initiatives, including the introduction of composer-in-residence and artist-in-residence schemes, and a new music series.

‘When I first became music director I said that this was the dream I hadn’t dared to dream,’ said Gilbert. ‘After these three amazing seasons, I can say it’s been a spectacular adventure. My relationship with these extraordinary musicians grows and deepens every day, and it infuses every concert with an intangible magic. Together, we’ve had a string of successes here at home and around the world, and I am particularly gratified to see that we’ve begun to stake a central place in the cultural life of New York.’

This season Gilbert will conduct world premieres by Anders Hillborg, Steven Stucky and Christopher Rouse, and preside over a cycle of Brahms’s complete symphonies and concertos. He will also lead the Philharmonic on its 2013 European tour, and continue 'The Nielsen Project' - a multi-year undertaking to perform and record the composer’s six symphonies and three concertos.

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