Alan Gilbert, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Silk Road Ensemble

The New York Philharmonic

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The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma


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


Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert 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.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla 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 box 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 Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan 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 The 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 annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Yo-Yo Ma


Yo-Yo Ma


Yo-Yo Ma by Jason Bell


Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s multifaceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Mr. Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.

With partners from around the world and across disciplines, he creates programs that stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition to explore music-making as a means not only to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society. Expanding upon this belief, in 1998 Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a collective of artists from around the world who create music that engages their many traditions.

This year, Mr. Ma begins a new journey, setting out to perform J.S. Bach’s complete Cello Suites in one sitting in 36 locations around the world, iconic venues that encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future. Each concert will be an example of culture’s power to create moments of shared understanding, as well as an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.

Yo-Yo Ma was born to Chinese parents living in Paris in 1955. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and three years later moved with his family to New York City, where he continued his cello studies with Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. After his conservatory training, he sought out a liberal arts education, graduating from Harvard University with a degree in anthropology in 1976. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

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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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