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PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Continues in Japan

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic traveled to Japan for four concerts in three cities — Kyoto, Tokyo, and Nagoya. In addition to concerts with pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Ryu Goto, featuring works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, and J. Wagenaar, the Music Director Designate and Orchestra were joined by Philharmonic Patrons and members of the International Advisory Board.

Frank Huang To Receive Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award

Concertmaster Frank Huang will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where he earned his bachelor of music degree in 2002 studying with Donald Weilerstein. The award honors alumni who have attained the highest stature in their field. He will address the Class of 2018, students, and community members at Honors Convocation, which will take place on Friday, May 18 at 4:00 PM. It will be livestreamed.

“We are so pleased to recognize Frank Huang with the Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Paul W. Hogle, President & CEO of CIM. “He is an incredibly accomplished violinist who exemplifies the dedication to chamber music and orchestral performance for which so many of CIM’s graduates are known. I look forward to his remarks at Honors Convocation, where he’ll share his advice and perspective.”

(Photo: Chris Lee)

VIDEO: “Ride of the Valkyries” in Beijing

Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden and the Orchestra rehearse the rousing “Ride of the Valkyries” from Wagner’s Die Walküre in Beijing’s picturesque National Centre for the Performing Arts — which opened in 2007 and is colloquially known as The Giant Egg — as a possible encore that evening. It’s a good thing, too: the audience demanded more and were treated to this! The March 8 and 9 concerts, presented by China Merchants Bank, opened the Philharmonic’s ASIA 2018 tour.

(Video: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Begins in Beijing

The New York Philharmonic’s ten-day, five-city ASIA 2018 tour — Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden’s first international tour with the Orchestra — has begun in Beijing. After a day atop the Great Wall, the Orchestra performed two concerts presented by China Merchants Bank, featuring pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Ryu Goto, and orchestral masterworks by Mahler and Stravinsky.

Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir Receives Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists

Last evening at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, New York Philharmonic Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir (third from right, radiant pink tights) received a Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, which recognizes extraordinary talent around the campus. She also received a Martin E. Segal Award, an endowed award.

On April 4–6 the Orchestra will give the World Premiere of Metacosmos, Thorvaldsdottir’s Philharmonic commission, conducted by The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Another winner was pianist / composer Conrad Tao (fifth from left, cool embroidered jacket), who is writing a piece commissioned by the Philharmonic to be premiered in September, and who will also curate the Nightcap after the September 28 concert.

Past winners include Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang (2017) and composer Julia Adolphe (2016), whose music the Philharmonic has performed.


(Photo: Richard Termine)

Just Released: New Beethoven Recording of Jaap van Zweden and the Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic’s new relationship with Decca Gold launches today with the release of Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh conducted by Jaap van Zweden.

Download or stream it on Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and other services

This is just the beginning. Decca Gold will release six additional recordings in the 2018–19 season featuring Jaap van Zweden and the Philharmonic.

Happy listening!

PHOTOS: 2018 Lunar New Year Concert and Gala

The New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Dog with the seventh annual Lunar New Year Concert and Gala, a festive evening of Eastern and Western music presented by Starr International Foundation and conducted by Long Yu. The concert included Olympic-level Ping Pong players giving the U.S. Premiere of Andy Akiho’s Ricochet, also featuring Philharmonic violinist Elizabeth Zeltser and percussionist David Cossin, plus Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with 13-year-old Serena Wang and the Farmers’ Chorus of the Yunnan Province in its first-ever appearance outside China. Gala guests began the evening with a colorful cocktail reception, and gathered after the concert for a dinner of Lunar New Year delicacies.

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic To Tour Asia in March 2018


Today we announced details of our ten-day Asia tour next month, led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden. His first international tour with the Orchestra will feature eight concerts in five cities: Beijing, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Taipei.

“Touring is a wonderful vehicle not only to share our music-making with audiences around the world but also to deepen our musi­cal relationship,” Jaap says. “It gives us a rare oppor­tunity to grow and bond.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Philharmonic cellist Nathan Vickery: “We can de­velop a better understanding of what Jaap is showing us in the moment on­stage. The only way to do that is by spending time together. The rapport we build on this tour can set us up to be re­ally on the top of our game when he be­comes Music Director this September.”

The soloists on the tour are Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang (performing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3) and Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto (performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto). Jaap will also conduct Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (which New York audiences will get to hear in his opening concerts as Music Director in September), Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, and J. Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture.

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