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Alan Gilbert begins his tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in the 2009-10 season and is the first native New Yorker to hold the post. For his inaugural season he has introduced a number of new initiatives: Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg; Artist-in-Residence Thomas Hampson; an annual three-week festival; and CONTACT, the New York Philharmonic's new-music series. He will lead the orchestra on a major tour of Asia in October 2009, with debuts in Hanoi and Abu Dhabi; a European tour in January 2010; and performances of world, U.S., and New York premieres. Also in the 2009-10 season, Gilbert becomes the first person to hold the newly-created William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at the Juilliard School, a position that will include coaching, conducting, and performance master classes.

Highlights of Gilbert's 2008-09 season with the New York Philharmonic included the November 14 Bernstein anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall, and a performance with the Juilliard Orchestra, presented by the Philharmonic, featuring Bernstein's Symphony No. 3, Kaddish. In May 2009 Gilbert conducted the world premiere of Peter Lieberson's The World in Flower, a New York Philharmonic Commission, and in July 2009 he led the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, and two concerts at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Also last season, Gilbert made his Metropolitan Opera debut, conducting John Adams's Doctor Atomic (named the top classical music event of 2008 by New York magazine); led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Ives's visionary Symphony No. 4; and conducted a program of Dvorak and Martinu in a return engagement with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Most of Alan Gilbert's concerts this season are with the New York Philharmonic, but he also returns to Europe to continue his relationship with Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra (NDRSO), where he has been principal guest conductor since 2004. This fall, on a new recording from the BIS label, Gilbert conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler's Ninth Symphony. The recording - representing one of Gilbert's final performances as the orchestra's chief conductor and artistic advisor - was made in June 2008, shortly before he was named its conductor laureate.

Gilbert regularly conducts other leading orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; the Cleveland Orchestra; Munich's Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw; and Orchestre National de Lyon. In 2003 he was named the first music director of Santa Fe Opera, a position he held for three seasons.

Born and raised in New York City, Gilbert studied at Harvard University, the Curtis Institute, and the Juilliard School; he was a substitute violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra for two seasons, and assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1995 to 1997. His recording of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance.

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