“I’ve learned a lot over the years that I’ve been lucky enough to be Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, but one thing I knew from the beginning was that I couldn’t do it alone. Right away I began to build up a team, a family of artistic partners.”
— Alan Gilbert
At the top of Alan Gilbert’s to-do list as Music Director: create long-term positions for the world’s most interesting and inspiring composers and soloists to cultivate relationships among the artists, Orchestra, and audience. He also spearheaded an annual festival and established relationships with cultural institutions throughout New York City, across the country, and around the world for groundbreaking initiatives.
The Marie-Josée Kravis Composers-in-Residence
“In imagining the position I hoped that the ‘in residence’ part of the title would take on true meaning, and that has happened.” The Philharmonic has commissioned and premiered important works by its Composers-in-Residence, becoming a leading performer of these innovative composers’ oeuvres.
The Mary and James G. Wallach Artists-in-Residence
“Rather than having a season made up entirely of guest artists, we want to create a family that is very present, that the audience can get to know over a period of time.” From baritones to violinists and pianists, Alan Gilbert has helped forge lasting bonds between today’s leading soloists and New York audiences.
“We can credit New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert for the concert coup of his orchestra’s season…. This is a genuine festival, one that does Stravinsky and everyone involved proud.” So said Musical America of the first annual festival of Alan Gilbert’s tenure, which later included festivals devoted to Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky, and one that examined the connections among Haydn, Bartók, and Ligeti.