- Carolin Widmann violin
- NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
- Alan Gilbert Conductor
Alan Gilbert looks forward to launching his tenure as the new Chief Conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in September 2019. The Grammy Award-winning conductor previously served for more than a decade as Principal Guest Conductor of the ensemble when it was known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg; it has since adopted the name of the Elbphilharmonie, its already-iconic new home. Gilbert’s new position follows his transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, which saw him establish the orchestra as a leader on the cultural landscape. He is also Conductor Laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of Japan’s Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.
Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural Music Director.
Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At New York’s Juilliard School, he was the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and served as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the 2015 lecture on ‘Orchestras in the 21st Century – a new paradigm’ at London’s Royal Philharmonic Society during the New York Philharmonic’s European tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.