The New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, Music Director
Manager: R. Douglas Sheldon
Management Territory: North America and Asia
"Gilbert is primed to become a luminary of the city's cultural life — not just because he'll be the first native New Yorker, the first Asian-American, and one of the youngest people to direct the 166-year-old orchestra, but because he could lead a quiet revolution." Justin Davidson, New York Magazine, March 3, 2008
"The chemistry seems right." Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, March 15, 2008
"Alan Gilbert is a hot property. He managed to make the gushing rhetoric [of R. Strauss's Ein Heldenleben] genuinely heroic, enforcing rapture, propulsion and bigger-than-life grandeur without excess or apology." Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times, March 17, 2008
The New York Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, was founded (as was the Vienna Philharmonic) in 1842. Its 20th Century roster of Music Directors is perhaps the richest and most distinguished in the world including Mahler, Mengelberg, Walter, Toscanini, Rodzinsky, Stokowski, Mitropoulos, Bernstein (Conductor Laureate), Mehta and Kurt Masur (Conductor Emeritus). Lorin Maazel became Music Director in 2002 fresh from posts in Vienna, Paris, and Munich, and has taken the orchestra on tours to Asia, Europe and North . . . America.
In the 2009-10 season, Alan Gilbert will assume the post of music director of the New York Philharmonic, one of the youngest music directors in the Orchestra’s history, and the only native New Yorker to hold the post.