Alan Gilbert Birthday Celebration

The New York Philharmonic

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Alan Gilbert's 50th Birthday

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$59-139

Date & Times

23

Feb, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

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SOLD OUT. Additional tickets may be released as concert dates near.

Happy birthday, Alan! Music Director Alan Gilbert is going all out for his 50th birthday, and you’re invited. Celebrate with this star-studded concert featuring Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Yefim Bronfman, Renée Fleming, Frank Huang, and Pamela Frank. “This coming together of kindred spirits and people who love music and who love each other is all you can ask for,” says Alan.

This concert is a special event of the 2016–17 season.

Program

J.S. Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

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Brahms

Andante — Piu adagio, from Piano Concerto No. 2

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Beethoven

Allegro con brio, from Piano Concerto No. 3, Eroica

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Bruch

Finale — Allegro energico, from Violin Concerto No. 1

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R. Strauss

"Morgen!"

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Korngold

"Marietta's Lied," from Die tote Stadt

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Dvořák/Arr. Kreisler, adapted by T. Batiashvili

"Goin’ Home," from Largo from Symphony No. 9, From the New World

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Gershwin

An American in Paris

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches his tenure as chief conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in September 2019. 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 began serving as chief conductor designate in 2017, shortly after the opening of the orchestra’s already iconic new home. 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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Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, in September 2015. The First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. Since performing with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert at the age of 11 he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Genoa Orchestra. He has also performed on NPR’s Performance Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn. He has performed at Wigmore Hall (in London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), as well as a second recital in Alice Tully Hall (New York), which featured the World Premiere of Donald Martino’s Sonata for Solo Violin. Mr. Huang’s first commercial recording — featuring fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg, and Waxman — was released on Naxos in 2003. He made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in June 2016 leading and performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. In 2017–18 he led the Orchestra from his Concertmaster chair in works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, and performed with the Philharmonic as soloist in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole at Bravo! Vail.

Mr. Huang has had great success in competitions since the age of 15 and received top prize awards in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. Other honors include Gold Medal Awards in the Kingsville International Competition, Irving M. Klein International Competition, and D’Angelo International Competition.

In addition to his solo career, Mr. Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro’s tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award–winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.

Frank Huang was born in Beijing, China. At the age of seven he moved to Houston, Texas, where he began violin lessons with his mother. He commenced study with Fredell Lack at the University of Houston and at 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. He continued studies with Weilerstein in college and earned his bachelor of music degree from CIM in 2002. He subsequently attended The Juilliard School in New York City, studying violin with Robert Mann. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West. He served on the faculties of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Houston, and currently serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

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Pamela Frank

Violin

Pamela Frank

Violin

Pamela Frank New York Philharmonic

Violin

Winner of both the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Avery Fisher Prize, American violinist Pamela Frank has appeared with the Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, San Francisco, and National symphony orchestras, as well as the Orchestre National de France. As a chamber musician, she works regularly with Peter Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, and Tabea Zimmermann. She has recorded Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic, Brahms’s violin sonatas with Peter Serkin, Mozart’s complete violin concertos with David Zinman and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and a Schubert album and Beethoven’s violin sonata cycle with Claude Frank. A noted pedagogue, Ms. Frank presents master classes and adjudicates major competitions throughout the world. She is also on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, her alma mater, where she studied under Szymon Goldberg and Jaime Laredo. Pamela Frank made her New York Philharmonic debut in October 1994 performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, led by Leonard Slatkin; most recently she appeared with the Orchestra in November 1995 performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, led by André Previn.

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Emanuel Ax

Piano

Emanuel Ax

Piano

Emanuel Ax by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Piano

Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family as a young boy. He made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and in 1974 won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the Avery Fisher Prize.

Highlights of the 2019–20 season include a European summer festival tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink, an Asian tour with the London Symphony and Simon Rattle, concerts in the US with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Lahav Shani, and three concerts with regular partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall in March. Mr. Ax also participates in Carnegie Hall’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, culminating in a May solo recital, preceded by recitals in Madison, Santa Barbara, Orange County, Washington, Las Vegas, and Colorado Springs. He will be heard with orchestras in Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, Zurich, Rotterdam, and Tel Aviv.

A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, Mr. Ax has received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his Haydn piano sonata cycle, as well as for his series with Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. In 2004–05 he contributed to an International Emmy Award–winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. His recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year in 2013.

Emanuel Ax is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates from Skidmore College, Yale University, and Columbia University.

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Lisa Batiashvili

Violin

Lisa Batiashvili

Violin

Lisa Batiashvili by Sammy Hart

Violin

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, Musical America’s 2015 Instrumentalist of the Year, is this season’s artist-in-residence with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Germany-based Georgian violinist has developed longstanding relationships with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic (with whom she was the 2014–15 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence), Berlin Philharmonic, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Ms. Batiashvili’s 2016–17 season highlights include performances with the Dresden Staatskapelle (with Christian Thielemann and cellist Gautier Capuçon), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), London Symphony Orchestra (Michael Tilson Thomas), and Chamber Orchestra of Paris (oboist François Leleux). She also performs the World Premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), and later performs it with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Alan Gilbert).

As part of her Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra residency, she plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (Antonio Pappano), Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (Daniele Gatti), and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (Vladimir Jurowski). She also spends two weeks as a Bamberg Symphony portrait artist, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto (Ingo Metzmacher) as well as J.S. Bach’s and Thierry Escaich’s Concertos for Violin and Oboe with Mr. Leleux (Jakub Hrůša). Chamber music projects include the opening celebration of the Boulez Saal in Berlin and a tribute concert to Alfred Brendel.

Ms. Batiashvili records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon; her last album was released in November 2016, featuring Tchaikovsky’s and Sibelius’s Violin Concertos with the Berlin Staatskapelle, led by Daniel Barenboim. Earlier recordings include Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as an album of works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach featuring, among others, François Leleux and Emmanuel Pahud.

Lisa Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” from 1739.

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Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell

Violin

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, Joshua Bell is one of today’s most celebrated violinists. Since 2011 he has served as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958.

Mr. Bell’s interests range from repertoire hallmarks to commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Mr. Bell received a Grammy Award. Committed to expanding music’s cultural impact, he has collaborated with peers including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, and Josh Groban. In the spring of 2019 he joins cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk for an American tour.

He maintains an avid interest in film music and commemorates the 20th anniversary of The Red Violin by performing it live to film with the New York Philharmonic and at festivals.

An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Joshua Bell has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and ECHO Klassik awards. Sony Classical’s 2018 release with Mr. Bell and the Academy features Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Violin Concerto.

In 2007 a Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post story on Mr. Bell performing incognito in a Washington, D.C., metro station sparked an international conversation regarding art and context. It also inspired Kathy Stinson’s 2013 children’s book The Man with the Violin and an animated film. He premiered The Man with the Violin concert at the Kennedy Center in 2017; it will be presented by the Seattle Symphony in March 2019.

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Joshua Bell began violin at age four, and at twelve began studies with Josef Gingold. At 14 he made his debut with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and his Carnegie Hall debut at 17 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He received the Avery Fisher Prize and was named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” and an “Indiana Living Legend.”

He performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.

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Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman by Dario Acosta

Piano

Yefim Bronfman’s commanding technique, power, and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike.

Mr. Bronfman participates in the opening concerts of Carnegie Hall’s 2019–20 season as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, led by Franz Welzer-Möst, followed immediately by the inauguration of a season-long artist-in-residence project with the Vienna Symphony at both the Musikverein and Konzerthaus. Also in the fall he participates in farewell concerts for Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; performs in Japan with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andrés Orozco-Estrada; and appears in season-opening events in Houston, Seattle, and Rhode Island. Later this season he returns to orchestras in Hamburg, Munich, New York, Montreal, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Diego, Madison, Portland, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, and Boston, with which he will also tour South Korea, Hong Kong, and China. He gives recitals celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday in Berlin, Toronto, Denver, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, as well as at Carnegie Hall.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Yefim Bronfman immigrated with his family in 1973 to Israel, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States, he studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, under Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists, in 2010 Mr. Bronfman received Northwestern University’s Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance, and in 2015 he was given an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.

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Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renee Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013 President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts. A four-time Grammy Award winner, she has sung for momentous occasions, ranging from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. In 2014 she became the first classical artist ever to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl.

Ms. Fleming earned a 2018 Tony Award nomination for her appearance in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel on Broadway. Heard on the soundtracks of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Picture, The Shape of Water, she also provided the singing voice of Julianne Moore in the film Bel Canto. Ms. Fleming’s 2018–19 tour schedule includes concerts in Boston, Chicago, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Paris. This June she will make her London theater debut in The Light in the Piazza at Royal Festival Hall.

As artistic advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ms. Fleming spearheads a collaboration with the NIH focused on the science connecting music, wellness, and the brain. She has given 18 presentations with scientists and practitioners across the country on this subject over the past year.

In September Decca released her latest album, Renée Fleming: Broadway. She has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock and jazz, and her album Signatures was selected by the Library of Congress for the National Recording Registry as an “aural treasure worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony.”

Renée Fleming is the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago and a member of the boards of Carnegie Hall and Sing for Hope. Her awards include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

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