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Create Your Own

Create Your Own

This event is part of the Create Your Own subscription series. Become a 2016–17 subscriber by purchasing 4 eligible concerts. You'll get better seats and save on single ticket prices, unlimited free ticket exchange privileges (saving $10 per exchange), and much more.

This event is currently available to subscribers and will go on sale to the general public on August 9. Become a 2016–17 subscriber by purchasing 4 eligible concerts. You'll get better seats and save on single ticket prices, unlimited free ticket exchange privileges (saving $10 per exchange), and much more.


David Geffen Hall

Price Range

$48.00 - $174.00


2 hours 15 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Feb, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Feb, 2015

Friday, 8:00 PM


Feb, 2015

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Chinese New YearYo-Yo Ma fans! Join us Feb. 24 for Chinese New Year with Yo-Yo Ma.


Composer Osvaldo Golijov will participate in the Pre-Concert Insights on Thursday, February 19. Daniel Felsenfeld, the speaker that evening, will facilitate a conversation with him.


Cristina Pato and Wu Tong

Fanfare for Gaita, Suona, and Brass



The Silk Road Suite


Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky

Selections from Sacred Signs: Concerto for 13 Musicians


R. Strauss

Death and Transfiguration


Osvaldo Golijov

Rose of the Winds


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert


New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009. The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he has sought to make the Orchestra a point of pride for the city and country. As The New Yorker wrote, “Gilbert has made an indelible mark on the orchestra’s history and that of the city itself.”

Mr. Gilbert and the Philharmonic have forged artistic partnerships, introducing the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence — held in the 2015–16 season by Esa-Pekka Salonen and bass-baritone Eric Owens, respectively — as well as Artist-in-Association, currently held by pianist Inon Barnatan, who inaugurated the role in the 2014–15 season; an annual festival, which this season is Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival, featuring pianist Daniil Trifonov; CONTACT!, the new-music series; and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today’s music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers. During his tenure the Philharmonic launched the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, partnerships with cultural institutions to offer training of pre-professional musicians, often alongside performance residencies. These include the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership and collaborations with Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

In the 2015–16 season Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in R. Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben to welcome newly appointed Concertmaster Frank Huang; Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala; premieres by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Magnus Lindberg, Franck Krawczyk, William Bolcom, and Marc Neikrug; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; works by Sibelius in celebration of his 150th anniversary; and an all-Mozart program. He also co-curates the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL — during which he conducts the World Premiere of Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, as well as the U.S. Premiere of Symphony No. 8 by Per Nørgård, the second recipient of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic, an honor introduced during Alan Gilbert’s tenure. The Music Director performs on the violin alongside Philharmonic principals and Mr. Barnatan in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur as part of the Philharmonic’s Messiaen Week. Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic launch a five-year partnership with the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan. Under the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, he will lead the Orchestra in its second performance residency through the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership and make his second appearance conducting the Academy Festival Orchestra as part of the partnership with Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West.

Last season’s highlights included a staging of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard; the U.S. Premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, alongside Mahler’s First Symphony; the Verdi Requiem; three World Premieres; works by contemporary Nordic composers during CONTACT!; the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma’s 15th-anniversary celebration; the conclusion of The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos; and the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour. In August 2015 he led the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, co-presented by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center as part of the Lincoln Center–New York Philharmonic Opera Initiative. High points of Mr. Gilbert’s first five Philharmonic seasons include the critically celebrated productions of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (2010) and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011) — both cited as the top cultural events of their respective years — as well as Philharmonic 360 at Park Avenue Armory (2012), the acclaimed spatial music program featuring Stockhausen’s Gruppen, and A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, and later presented in movie theaters internationally). Other highlights include the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL; a staged production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson that was broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center, earning Mr. Gilbert a 2015 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction; World Premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg, Christopher Rouse, John Corigliano, John Adams, and composers featured on CONTACT!; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film was screened; Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection, on A Concert for New York on September 10; Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic debut as violin soloist in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; five concerts at Carnegie Hall; and nine tours around the world.

Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and former principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras nationally and internationally, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. He has appeared at The Metropolitan, Los Angeles, Zurich, Royal Swedish, and Santa Fe opera companies. This season Mr. Gilbert makes debuts with four great European orchestras — Filarmonica della Scala, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Symphony, and Academy of St Martin in the Fields — and returns to The Cleveland Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In September 2011 Alan Gilbert became Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he is also the first holder of Juilliard’s William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 leading John Adams’s Doctor Atomic; the DVD and Blu-ray of this production received the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Renée Fleming’s recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. Earlier releases garnered Grammy Award nominations and top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine.

Mr. Gilbert studied at Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard and was assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra (1995–97). He received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Curtis in May 2010 and from Westminster Choir College in May 2016, and in December 2011 he received Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award for his “exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music.” In 2014 he was elected to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, in 2015 he received a Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy and was named Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2016 he received New York University’s Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City in recognition of his leadership in making New York one of the world’s great centers for music and the arts.

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Yo-Yo Ma


Yo-Yo Ma


Yo-Yo Ma


The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes more than 90 albums, including 18 Grammy Award winners.

Mr. Ma serves as the artistic director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations at the edge where education, business, and the arts come together to transform the world. More than 80 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Mr. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended The Juilliard School, and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). In 2011 Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Most recently, Mr. Ma has joined the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

For additional information, see: www.yo-yoma.com, www.silkroadproject.org, and www.opus3artists.com.

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Silk Road Ensemble

Silk Road Ensemble

Since 2000 the Silk Road Ensemble has been redefining classical music for 21st-century audiences. Representing a global array of cultures, Silk Road Ensemble members co-create art, performances, and ideas. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma established the nonprofit organization Silkroad and the Ensemble to explore the role of the arts in fostering cross-cultural understanding, deepening learning, and promoting innovation. Silk Road Ensemble performers and composers hail from more than 20 countries. Passionate about learning from one another’s traditions, these rooted explorers perform on instruments ranging from world percussion to Western strings to the Chinese pipa (lute) and sheng (mouth organ), the Japanese shakuhachi (bamboo flute), the Galician gaita (bagpipe), Indian tabla (paired drums), and Persian kamancheh (spike fiddle), among others. Under the artistic direction of Mr. Ma, these storytelling musicians celebrate the multiplicity of approaches to music from around the world. They also develop new repertoire that responds to the new realities of our global society. In engaging, high-energy performances, the Silk Road Ensemble draws on a rich tapestry of traditions that make up our shared cultural heritage, creating a new musical language — a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects our many-layered contemporary identities. The Silk Road Ensemble has performed in more than 100 cities in over 30 countries, in venues including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ensemble performances have also highlighted the Nobel Prize celebrations in Stockholm, the Sir Bani Yas Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the Special Olympics in Shanghai, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, and London’s BBC Proms. The Ensemble has recorded five albums, including the most recent CD, A Playlist Without Borders, and Live From Tanglewood DVD. The Sound of Silk, a documentary about the ensemble by the Academy Award–winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, is in production and is expected to premiere in 2015. Ensemble members in this performance are clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, bassist Jeffrey Beecher, cellist singer, composer, and educator Mike Block, violist Nicholas Cords, tabla player Sandeep Das, violinist and composer Johnny Gandelsman, percussionist and composer Joseph Gramley, sheng soloist and composer Hu Jianbing, violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen, kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, composer, pianist, and gaita player Cristina Pato, percussionist and composer Shane Shanahan, percussionist and composer Mark Suter, performer and composer Kojiro Umezaki, accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman, and pipa virtuoso and composer Wu Man.

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