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What’s New

We Are NY Phil: Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young

We Are NY Phil brings you closer to Philharmonic musicians by focusing on their lives outside the concert hall and following the activities they are most passionate about.

The second video of the series explores how humor continues to play a leading role in Rebecca Young’s approach to music and to hosting the New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts.

“Humor was big in my family,” Young says. “Getting [my kids] to laugh is how to keep them engaged.”

Young applies this same technique when hosting Very Young People’s Concerts, as thousands of delighted kids and parents can attest.

Young even has a secret language of bow gestures with her stand partner, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and uses it to make Phelps laugh as often as possible!

Watch the video above and on Facebook and IGTV.

Learn more about Rebecca Young

NY Philharmonic Very Young Composers Win ASCAP Award

New York Philharmonic Very Young Composer Jordan Millar being interviewed onstage at a Concerts in the Parks concert in 2018 

Just when we thought we couldn’t be prouder of them: two New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers — Ilaria Loisa Hawley (age 10) and Jordan Millar (age 13) — are among the youngest recipients honored with an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Bestowed on composers between the ages of 10 and 30, the honor is dedicated to the memory of the former ASCAP president and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer whose first composition was published when he was only six years old.

The Philharmonic premiered Ilaria’s This Element That Questions a Woman in May 2019 and Jordan’s Boogie Down Uptown in January 2018. Jordan’s was reprised in front of tens of thousands at the 2018 Concerts in the Parks.

Congratulations, Ilaria and Jordan!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

David Geffen Hall Plans Announced: Video Highlights

On Monday the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center announced our plans for the reimagination of David Geffen Hall. Our goals are: to create one of the world’s finest concert halls, to reimagine all public spaces to create a deeper audience and community experience, and to build a greater connection with the world outside.

Watch the highlights video above.

More information, images, and FAQs are available on the project’s website,

David Geffen Hall Plans Announced

Graphic for Working in Concert, the Lincoln Center / New York Philharmonic project to reimagine David Geffen Hall 

The New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center are thrilled to announce our plans for the reimagination of David Geffen Hall. Our goals are: to create one of the world’s finest concert halls, to reimagine all public spaces to create a deeper audience and community experience, and to build a greater connection with the world outside. 

The redesigned hall will feature (see rendering below): 
A more intimate connection to the Orchestra, with every seat closer to the stage, wrap-around seating, and clearer sight lines 
Superior acoustics and increased clarity of sound
A bigger lobby with a Welcome Center, expanded food and drink options including a destination eatery, and a media streaming wall that can broadcast concerts in real time
The Sidewalk Studio, showcasing our education and community programs
Greater accessibility and clearer navigation inside the building
Many more restrooms!

There will be two brief closures before the work is accomplished in March 2024:
May 2022–October 2022, after which the hall will reopen for a concert season, running from November 2022–April 2023
May 2023–February 2024, during which the Orchestra will perform in New York City venues, mostly Carnegie Hall and New York City Center

More information, images, and FAQs are available on the project’s website,

We look forward to welcoming you to our new and improved home in March 2024!

Rendering of the interior of the reimagined David Geffen Hall

The interior of the reimagined David Geffen Hall as it will appear in March 2024

Fire in my mouth Recording Nominated for Two Grammys

Graphic of the cover of the New York Philharmonic's recording of Julia Wolfe's 'Fire in my mouth' 

We are delighted to announce that our recording of the World Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, is nominated for two Grammy awards:

Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Julia Wolfe)

Best Engineered Album, Classical (Bob Hanlon and Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good and Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers). Lawrence Rock is Audio Director of the New York Philharmonic; Ian Good is Assistant, Digital Platforms & Experience at the New York Philharmonic.

Fire in my mouth, co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, is a searingly vivid evocation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The World Premiere performances, this past January, capped New York Stories: Threads of Our City, our exploration of New York’s roots as a city of immigrants.

The performances featured The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco J. Núñez. The New York Times called the work “ambitious, heartfelt, often compelling. … There is both heady optimism and a sense of dread in Ms. Wolfe’s music. … Mr. van Zweden led a commanding account of a score that … ends with an elegiac final chorus in which the names of all 146 victims are tenderly sung to create a fabric of music and memory.”

Buy, download, or stream the album

New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 Toasted at Reception at New-York Historical Society

Women composers commissioned by the New York Philharmonic as part of Project 19

Pulitzer Prize–winning composers rubbed shoulders with journalists and sponsors at last night’s reception toasting Project 19 — the Philharmonic’s initiative to commission and premiere 19 new works by women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The reception took place at the New-York Historical Society, where guests met 12 Project 19 composers and explored the Society’s Women’s Voices digital instillation, revealing the hidden connections among exceptional and unknown women who left their mark on New York and the nation.

The photo above contains (left to right) Jessie Montgomery, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Joan Tower, Angélica Negrón, Joan La Barbara, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Tania León, Ellen Reid, Caroline Mallonee, and Paola Prestini. President and CEO Deborah Borda is at far right. (Not pictured: Project 19 composer Du Yun.)

The single largest women-only commissioning initiative in history, Project 19 launches in February 2020 with the premieres of the first six commissions. Visit for more information.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: Oklahoma State University Residency

This weekend Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic gave the inaugural concerts of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, featuring Tony Award winner / Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara and Concertmaster Frank Huang. The concerts were a highlight of the residency at Oklahoma State University (OSU), in which the musicians engaged with OSU students and the Stillwater community. Go Pokes!
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