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EUROPE / SPRING 2017: John Adams and Frank Peter Zimmermann


Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp

Date & Times


Mar, 2017

Thursday, 8:00 PM


John Adams

The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra)



Violin Concerto No. 1



Symphonie fantastique


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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Frank Peter Zimmermann


Frank Peter Zimmermann


Frank Peter Zimmermann by Franz Hamm


Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Praised for his selfless musicality, brilliance, and keen intelligence, he has been performing with all major orchestras in the world for well over three decades, collaborating on these occasions with the world’s most renowned conductors. His many concert engagements take him to all important concert venues and international music festivals in Europe, the United States, Asia, South America, and Australia. Highlights during the 2016–17 season include engagements with the Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Kirill Petrenko, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Afkham, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra with Juraj Valčuha and Rafael Payare, Berlin Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert, Finnish Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu, Orchestre National de France and Juraj Valčuha, Berliner Barock Solisten, Bamberg Symphony with Manfred Honeck, and Vienna Symphonic Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša. Mr. Zimmermann is also an avid chamber musician and recitalist. He tours Europe in December 2016 with the Trio Zimmermann, his string trio with violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra. Frank Peter Zimmermann’s numerous award-winning CD recordings, spanning a wide and varied range of repertoire, are available on EMI Classics, Sony Classical, BIS Records, Decca, and ECM Records. He has received the Premio del Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena (1990), Rheinischer Kulturpreis (1994), Musikpreis of the city of Duisburg (2002), and the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany (2008). Born in Duisburg, Germany, Frank Peter Zimmermann started playing the violin when he was five years old, and gave his first concert with orchestra at the age of ten. He studied with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff, and Herman Krebbers. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in December 1996 playing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, led by then Music Director Kurt Masur. He most recently performed the U.S. Premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto No. 2, conducted by Alan Gilbert, in January 2016.

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