Alan Gilbert was recently named the new Chief Conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and looks forward to taking up the appointment 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 its already-iconic new home, the Elbphilharmonie, which opened in January 2017 to worldwide acclaim. 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 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.
His discography includes “The Nielsen Project,” a boxed set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at the Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions, of Sweeney Todd and a 100th-birthday gala tribute to Frank Sinatra.
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 is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves 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.