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Maurizio Pollini & the New York Philharmonic


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Oct, 2015

Friday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

For one night only, Maurizio Pollini — “indisputably one of the greatest pianists of our time” (The Guardian) — returns to the New York Philharmonic for the first time in 20 years for his award-winning Chopin. The master pianist performs Chopin’s grand, lyrical First Piano Concerto. Plus Alan Gilbert leads the Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Berlioz.



Le Corsaire Overture



Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy



Piano Concerto No. 1


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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Maurizio Pollini


Maurizio Pollini


Maurizio Pollini


For more than 40 years pianist Maurizio Pollini has performed with the most celebrated conductors and orchestras in all the major concert halls and at festivals throughout Europe, America, and Japan. He has been awarded many international prizes, including the Vienna Philharmonic Ehrenring (1987), the Salzburg Goldenes Ehrenzeichen (1995), the Prize Imperiale in Tokyo (2010), and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award (2012).

In 1995 Maurizio Pollini opened the Pierre Boulez Festival in Tokyo. In the same year and in 1999 the Salzburg Festival invited him to curate and present his own series of concerts, which included works of different epochs and styles. Between 1999 and 2006, with the same philosophy, he realized new cycles that he performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and in Paris, Tokyo, Rome, and Vienna with programs including both chamber and orchestral performances.

Maurizio Pollini’s repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to contemporary composers (including premiere performances of Giacomo Manzoni, Nono, and Salvatore Sciarrino) and includes Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas, which he has performed in Berlin, Munich, Milan, New York, London, Vienna, and Paris. He has recorded works from the Classical, Romantic, and contemporary repertoire to worldwide critical acclaim. His recordings of Schoenberg’s complete cycle for piano and of works by Berg, Webern, Manzoni, Nono, Boulez, and Stockhausen are a testament to his great passion for music of the 20th century. Mr. Pollini’s recording of Chopin’s Nocturnes was received with the greatest enthusiasm by audience and critics alike: he was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance, the Disco d’Oro, an ECHO Klassik Award (Germany), Choc de la Musique, Victoires de la Musique, and Diapason d’Or de l’Année (France). Deutsche Grammophon has recently released the box set The Art of Maurizio Pollini, featuring Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Chopin’s Études op. 25, and concertos by Beethoven and Mozart, and Maurizio Pollini’s performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 from the 1960 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.

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