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Concertmaster Frank Huang Receives Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award


Concertmaster Frank Huang has been named a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artists Award, which recognizes extraordinary talent around the campus. Frank, nominated by the New York Philharmonic, joins an illustrious list of Lincoln Center talent that will be honored at an awards presentation hosted by Sigourney Weaver on March 1 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. More information is available at LCEmergingArtistAwards.org.
In 2016, the inaugural year of these awards, composer Julia Adolphe was the winner nominated by the Philharmonic. 

Hear Frank play at Alan Gilbert's 50th Birthday concert (February 23) and, as part of the New York Philharmonic String QuartetAbsolute Jest — A Celebration of John Adams (March 9–11).

Congratulations, Frank!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Announcing Our 2017–18 Season!

This just in! We’ve released details about our 2017–18 season, celebrating what makes the Philharmonic great while looking to the future as we welcome Jaap van Zweden as Music Director Designate before he becomes Music Director in 2018–19.

Jaap van Zweden will lead New York Premieres by John Luther Adams and Philip Glass, plus Mahler, Wagner, Stravinsky, and Brahms. He also conducts the Orchestra on the ASIA / WINTER 2018 tour and during its second residency with the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan. Hear Jaap talk about next season and more here.

The Philharmonic will salute former Music Director Leonard Bernstein — the first to hand Jaap a baton — in his 100th birthday year with Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival, led by Leonard Slatkin as well as Alan Gilbert in his first appearance after concluding his tenure as Music Director. The Orchestra will play Bernstein’s complete symphonies plus music tied to him. And Leonard Slatkin leads a Young People’s Concert, the beloved series Bernstein made famous (video here).

The season’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence is pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who plays Rachmaninoff, Britten, and Debussy — plus a recital (video here).

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s final season as The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence features the New York Concert Premiere of his Helix, led by Susanna Mälkki, and Salonen conducting a World Premiere by Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, with Benjamin Grosvenor. He also curates a project for the 2018 NY PHIL BIENNIAL and advises on CONTACT!, which returns for its ninth season. The Orchestra will also present the World Premiere of a new work by Bent Sørensen, made possible with the support of the Kravis Prize for New Music, led by Christoph von Dohnányi (video here).

And in a concert hall not far, far away ... the Philharmonic will present the World Premiere of the Star Wars — Film Concert Series, featuring screenings of the complete films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens with Oscar-winning composer’s John Williams’s scores performed live to the films, conducted by David Newman. THE ART OF THE SCORE will feature the New York Premiere screening of Amadeus — Live, led by Richard Kaufman and with Alec Baldwin as Artistic Advisor.

And Alan Gilbert returns to lead the Philharmonic’s 175th birthday concert, with Philharmonic Principal musicians in the spotlight.

For even more, check out Season Highlights plus videos of Philharmonic musicians’ picks and guest artist greetings.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

On the Cover: Anthony McGill

Life could have turned out very differently for Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill. As with so many instrumentalists, fate intervened for Anthony when he was discouraged from playing the saxophone and handed a clarinet instead. He fell in love with the instrument, and the rest is history.

Anthony has been with the New York Philharmonic for just over two seasons, but he has already accomplished a lot. Anthony made his New York Philharmonic solo debut with Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto (the recording of which can be heard on the fourth release of the Philharmonic’s The Nielsen Project, released by Dacapo) and performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto as part of the Concerts in the Parks and on the floor of the UN General Assembly.

You may have also seen him in performance at former President Barack Obama’s first inauguration. Anthony became part of history when he performed alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero on that winter day in 2009. And you may have heard him at The Metropolitan Opera, where he served as principal clarinet for a decade.

Check out the video Q&A above for more about Anthony’s inspirations, view of life on stage versus the pit, and the momentous phone call inviting him to perform at the Inauguration.

Follow us on Instagram for the inside track on the woodwind section when Anthony takes it over for a day this month.

Stay tuned: next month we’ll feature violinist Duoming Ba.

Learn more about Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill.

2017 Chinese New Year Concert and Gala Slideshow

The New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Rooster with the sixth annual Chinese New Year Concert and Gala, a festive musical evening presented by Starr International Foundation and conducted by Long Yu. The program blended East and West, concert hall and folk song. In the spotlight were soprano Sumi Jo and trumpet player Alison Balsom — both in their Philharmonic debuts — as well as virtuosos of the Orchestra, Concertmaster Frank Huang and Principal Flute Robert Langevin. Gala guests, many in traditional Chinese attire, began the evening with a colorful cocktail reception, and gathered after the concert for a dinner of delicacies.

Announcing the New York Philharmonic String Quartet

New York Philharmonic String Quartet 

We’re excited to announce the formation of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, comprising Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and Principal Cello Carter Brey.

The quartet will make its debut in John Adams’s Absolute Jest in New York and on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour, both led by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Also during the tour, the quartet will perform Dvořák’s American Quartet at Hamburg’s newly opened Elbphilharmonie. This summer they’ll perform at the Philharmonic’s annual Bravo! Vail summer residency.

In the 2017–18 season, the quartet will make its New York recital debut at 92nd Street Y on November 12, 2017, performing Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor; Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4; and Dvořák’s String Quartet in F major, American (co-presented by the New York Philharmonic and 92nd Street Y).

For photos and audio clips and to stay updated on the quartet, visit opus3artists.com/ artists/new-york-philharmonic-string-quartet.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Interlochen Is Back in New York


Interlochen is back in New York! Today 19 Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) students attended a Philharmonic rehearsal, and will attend tonight’s concert, as part of a new education and performance partnership. This builds on the partnership with IAA and the Philharmonic which began with the kids’ acclaimed appearance during the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

Last week (January 17–20) four New York Philharmonic musicians, all Interlochen alumni, traveled to IAA’s Michigan campus for two intensive weeks of lessons, master classes, mock auditions, rehearsals, and a chamber concert. They are violinist Kuan Cheng Lu, bassoonist Roger Nye, horn player R. Allen Spanjer, and trumpet player Ethan Bensdorf. They also led the final judging of IAA's concerto competition (see above).

On Saturday, January 28, the IAA students will give a chamber concert at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse of works by composers including Nico Muhly, TJ Cole, and other young American composers with links to Interlochen.

“Interlochen changed my life,” said Bensdorf. “Summers there were filled with incredible musical growth and long-lasting friendships; it was a safe place for creativity to thrive. My journey as a musician really began there, and I am excited to go back and hopefully help encourage and inspire others at the beginning of their own creative transformations.”

(Photo Courtesy Interlochen Arts Academy)

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Are Europe-Bound

Today we announced details of the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour, March 23–April 7, 2017, featuring 14 concerts in Antwerp, Luxembourg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Hamburg, Budapest, Vienna, London, and Copenhagen.

The Orchestra will be joined by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, soprano Christina Landshamer in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the European Premiere of Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto; and Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and Principal Cello Carter Brey as the quartet in John Adams’s Absolute Jest.

The Orchestra will perform in Hamburg’s newly opened Elbphilharmonie, and appear in its third International Associate residency at London’s Barbican Centre — including the Philharmonic’s first-ever international Very Young People’s Concert.

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour is sponsored by J.C. Flowers & Co. Generous support is provided by Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis.

Check back in March and April for photo and video dispatches from the road!

Young People’s Concerts Bring The New World Initiative to Kids


Saturday capped an inspiring week in which our renowned Young People’s Concerts and Young People’s Concerts for Schools intersected powerfully with The New World Initiative, our season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvořák’s New World Symphony and its theme of home through performances, community outreach, and education projects on the occasion of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season.

More than 12,000 students and teachers attended the school concerts, and more than 2,000 attended the public concert on Saturday — nearly 15,000 in all were at the seven concerts. Read More...

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