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Alan Gilbert who was born in 1967, comes from a musical family: Both of his parents were violinists with the New York Philharmonic. While he was still a student at Harvard University, Gilbert was named director of the Harvard Bach Society. He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and the Juilliard School in New York. In 1994 Gilbert took first prize at the Concours de Genève and also won the Georg Solti Prize. He assumed his first leadership position in 2000 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, which he helmed until 2008 and where he remains Honorary Conductor. He also served from 2003 to 2006 as Music Director of Santa Fe Opera. In 2009 Gilbert began his tenure heading the New York Philharmonic. He is the first native New Yorker to have held this position. Through such initiatives as the CONTACT! series, an annual composer residency, and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he has enhanced the Philharmonic’s focus on contemporary music. Gilbert made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 conducting John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, and in 2015 he led the first American performance of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Lincoln Center. Gilbert has conducted such acclaimed ensembles as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; in the 2015-16 season he performed his first engagements at La Scala in Milan, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Alan Gilbert has won two Grammy Awards and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2014. He is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Juilliard School.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL on 7 and 8 September 2014, when he led the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in a pair of concerts, conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mahler’s Third.