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A Landmark Gift from Oscar L. Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang

 Oscar L. Tang, Agnes Hsu-Tang, Gustavo Dudamel, and Gary Ginstling (Photo by Fadi Kheir)Oscar L. Tang, Agnes Hsu-Tang, Gustavo Dudamel, and Gary Ginstling (Photo by Fadi Kheir)

“We want this gift to galvanize others to join in the transformation of the New York Philharmonic to return to the level of historical prominence and popularity it enjoyed when I first came to New York — the Golden Age under the baton of Maestro Leonard Bernstein.” So said NY Phil Co-Chairman Oscar L. Tang on the historic $40 million gift he and his wife, Agnes Hsu-Tang, have made to the Orchestra, the details of which were announced earlier today.

The landmark gift — the largest-ever single contribution to the NY Phil’s endowment — will expand the Orchestra’s programming and further its efforts to engage more closely with New York’s diverse communities and the entire music world. It will also formally establish The Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang Music and Artistic Director Chair beginning in 2025, when Gustavo Dudamel becomes the NY Phil’s Music Director Designate before beginning his role as Music and Artistic Director in the 2026–27 season.

President and CEO Gary Ginstling praised the couple, saying “Their extraordinary gift will help the NY Phil and Gustavo Dudamel reimagine what a 21st-century orchestra can be and ensure that the Philharmonic’s music-making will serve future generations.” Peter W. May, who serves alongside Mr. Tang as Co-Chairman, added: “Oscar and Agnes are exemplary New Yorkers, inspiring philanthropists, and the NY Phil is privileged to have their support and confidence as we approach the Gustavo Dudamel era.”

Oscar Tang underscored the couple’s belief in the future of the Orchestra with Dudamel and Ginstling at the helm: “We believe their leadership, building on progress achieved in the past six years, will take the New York Philharmonic into a new Golden Age and make this institution a contemporary ideal of universality and excellence through broadened outreach and inclusive practice in every aspect of the institution.”

NY Phil Concludes 2023 Bravo! Vail Residency

The New York Philharmonic’s historic 2022–23 season came to a grand conclusion with the Orchestra’s 20th summer residency at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. From July 19 through 26, the NY Phil performed in six concerts, two conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and were joined by conductors Giancarlo Guerrero, Hannu Lintu, Justin Freer, and Marin Alsop. With virtuosic soloists including Stefan Jackiw, Anne-Marie McDermott, Yunchan Lim, and the NY Phil’s own Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, and repertoire ranging from Sibelius to Bruckner to new works by Corea and Nina Shekhar — and much more — the residency brought the world-class stylings of the Philharmonic to the picturesque landscapes of Vail, Colorado, for an unforgettable musical experience. 

See the slideshow above for highlights from the NY Phil's residency!

NY Phil Musicians Return to the Shanghai Orchestra Academy

Following the NY Phil’s Tour to Taiwan & Hong Kong, a delegation of musicians and staff traveled to Shanghai. The visit marked the first in-person activities as part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership — a joint endeavor of the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music — since 2019. Over the course of the week, nine Philharmonic musicians performed in the Music in the Summer Air Festival, shared their expertise through teaching and side-by-side performance, and attended the commencement ceremonies for the graduating instrumentalists receiving advanced degrees in 2023. Starr International Foundation has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership since its inception in 2014.


All photos courtesy of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership unless otherwise noted.

The NY Phil’s Triumphant Tour to Taiwan & Hong Kong

Following five sold-out concerts in three cities, the New York Philharmonic has returned home from its first trip to Asia since 2019. The Tour to Taiwan & Hong Kong, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, included appearances in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Hong Kong, with the Orchestra performing symphonic masterpieces by Beethoven, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, and — joined by violinist Hilary Hahn, the NY Phil’s 2023–24 season Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence — Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Following the tour a group of musicians returned to Shanghai for the first live activities in the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership in four years. The Presenting Sponsor for the tour and the partnership is Starr International Foundation.

See the slideshow for highlights from the tour, and check back for photos from the return to Shanghai.

All photos by Chris Lee

Deborah Borda Named Honorary Member of New York Philharmonic

 NY Phil Returns to Asia

The New York Philharmonic Board has named Deborah Borda an Honorary Member of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York for her “outstanding service to the organization and the world of music.

First awarded in 1843, this rare distinction has been given to composers (including Liszt, Dvořák, Stravinsky, and Copland), former Music Directors (Bernstein and Boulez), and non-musicians who have had a major impact on the cultural life of New York and the nation (Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and former Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Harry S. Truman). The only other living recipients are Zubin Mehta and Emanuel Ax.  

Borda — who will step down as the NY Phil’s Linda and Mitch Hart President and CEO and become Executive Advisor to the President and Board on July 1 — has more than earned the accolade over her combined 14 years at the Orchestra. Think of what her vision and leadership have brought us: the launch of Project 19, the all-women commissioning initiative; the transformation of David Geffen Hall; and, just a few months ago, the appointment of Gustavo Dudamel as the next Music and Artistic Director. Her career has been defined by breaking boundaries, and not only at the NY Phil — she has transformed other orchestras including the LA Phil, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and was the first woman to serve in the top executive post at a major American orchestra when she came to the NY Phil in the 1990s. Her Honorary Membership is her latest in a growing list of accolades, following the honorary doctorate she just received from The Juilliard School, and has cemented her legacy as a major figure not only in this Orchestra’s history, but in the cultural fabric of New York City and the global music community.

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks Return!

The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, are back! The beloved NY Phil tradition — which has treated over 15 million New Yorkers to priceless music, absolutely free, since 1965 — returned with four consecutive outdoor concerts, June 13–16, in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Music Director Jaap van Zweden led the Orchestra in iconic masterpieces by Copland and Beethoven, familiar favorites by Rossini and J. Strauss II, and works created through the NY Phil’s Very Young Composers Program. On Sunday, June 18, Musicians from the Philharmonic performed works by Hadyn and Schubert in the Free Indoor Concert in Staten Island, at the St. George Theatre.

See the slideshow above for highlights from this year’s series.

All photos by Chris Lee

Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic Summer Benefit

The Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic (YNY) Summer Benefit welcomed the sunnier season in style! On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at The Bowery Hotel, YNY Chair and NY Phil Board Member Sarah Jane Gibbons welcomed guests for a performance by four NY Phil musicians — violinists Audrey Wright and Alina Kobialka, violist Vivek Kamath, and cellist Ru-Pei Yeh, The Credit Suisse Chair in honor of Paul Calello — that was followed by dinner, dancing, and cocktails. The YNY Summer Benefit celebrates orchestral music in New York City while raising vital funds for our education and community initiatives, including our famed Young People’s Concerts and Very Young Composers Program.

See the slideshow above for some of the evening’s highlights.

All photos by Fadi Kheir