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Best of 2016

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the New York Philharmonic 

We’re excited to have ranked on many best-of 2016 lists, and are proud of the company we’re in.

The New York Times called out the “ecstatic and mystical account” of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie led by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen; the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL performances, demonstrating “the vision and stamina Mr. Gilbert has brought to the Philharmonic”; and Brahms’s A German Requiem with Christoph von Dohnányi.

The New Yorker applauded Circle Map, featuring Salonen leading the Orchestra in works by Kaija Saariaho, presented by Park Avenue Armory, and the World Premiere of Ashley Fure’s Bound to the Bow, performed by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra during the NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

NPR Classical ranked the Philharmonic’s Grammy-nominated album of music by former Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse among the “ten classical albums that saved 2016” — saying “there's unbridled splendor in hearing what a modern orchestra, revving on all cylinders, is capable of. Alan Gilbert inspires arresting detail and energy from the New York Philharmonic” — and NPR Music included the Rouse CD in its list of 2016’s top 50 albums.

WQXR’s list of 2016 new-music revelations said that “nothing should be taken for granted about the sustained scope of New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert’s commitment to new music.... New classical music has never seemed more at home.... With two Biennials, CONTACT! new-music shows, composers-in-residence, ambitious multidisciplinary statements like the New York premiere of György Ligeti's opera Le Grand Macabre, Gilbert is leaving a legacy as bold in vision as methodical and inevitable in execution.”

We also made the cut for Musical America, Superconductor, and New York Classical Review.

Here’s to another great year of music-making!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Just Announced: 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL

An homage to NYC's downtown music scene with Brooklyn Rider at the hot new new-music venue National Sawdust? Laptop music? World Premieres of 30+ short works for violin by Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, and more? A brand-new piece by Esa-Pekka Salonen? A work titled The Alchemist, a true and faithful chronicling of the esoteric spiritual conferences and concomitant hermetic actions conducted by Her Majesty’s Alchemist Dr. John Dee and one Edward Kelley invoking the Nine Hierarchies of Angelic Orders to visible appearance, circa 1587?


Today we announced details for the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL: 3 weeks of new music by 74 composers, almost 60 of them American, presented by the New York Philharmonic and 12 partners in 8 venues.

“The idea is to create a kind of whirlwind and maelstrom of enthusiasm and energy, and we literally could not do it alone,” Music Director (and biennial co-curator along with Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen) Alan Gilbert told The New York Times. Check out nyphil.org/biennial for details.

Alan Gilbert Conducts Messiaen at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Alan Gilbert Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Fresh off the Philharmonic’s busy summer — from Shanghai to Vail to California — and an acclaimed stint leading the U.S. Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Music Director Alan Gilbert has just completed another celebrated run of concerts, this time as artist-in-residence of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The Denver Post says it best:

Landmark events are rare for festivals that have been around a long time, but this performance, conducted by New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert, is a big moment, indeed, for this heralded music series. The main event: Messiaen’s majestic “From the Canyons to the Stars,” inspired by the Western terrain - which is sorta perfect.

Check out the Santa Fe New Mexican’s insightful interview with Alan Gilbert on his Santa Fe roots, Messiaen, and Mozart.

And mark your calendars for the Philharmonic’s Messiaen Week in March 2016, which includes Alan playing violin in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time alongside Philharmonic principals and Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur.

Photo: Alan Gilbert conducting Schoenberg at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in 2013

PHOTOS: The Tour Begins in Dublin

The New York Philharmonic's two-week, six-country EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour has begun in Dublin, Ireland, with school visits; a sold-out concert with Joyce DiDonato joining Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra; and a few pints.

Photos: Tour Concludes in Taiwan

The ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour came to a triumphant conclusion this week with a concert in Yokohama and two in Taipei. Joining Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic for brilliant concerto performances were new and longtime friends: jazz sensation Makoto Ozone; pianist Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic’s current Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who will succeed him next season. After two weeks, ten concerts, six cities, and three countries, the Orchestra headed back to New York to resume performing for their hometown audience.


The Philharmonic's week in Tokyo was packed with performances: a concert for families featuring Alan Gilbert narrating Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in Japanese and the Orchestra playing music by 10- to 15-year-old composers from New York and Fukushima; concertos with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman, and violinist Lisa Batiashvili; and the Principal Woodwind Quintet in chamber music at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy.

PHOTOS: From South Korea to Japan

The Philharmonic performed its final concert in Seoul, South Korea — an all-American program — before heading to Japan for performances in Nagoya and Osaka. Along the way they teamed up with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone for a swinging account of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and gave masterful performances of music by Christopher Rouse, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, and more.

PHOTOS: The Tour Starts in Seoul

More than 6,000 miles from home, Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic launch the ten-concert, six-city ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour with a concert and educational partnership in Seoul, South Korea. 

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