Alan Gilbert to head Germany’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

Posted on: June 23, 2017

“Alan Gilbert, the departing music director of the New York Philharmonic, announced Friday that he would be the next chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, whose striking new $843 million concert hall overlooking Hamburg’s harbor opened earlier this year,” writes Michael Cooper in Friday’s (6/23) New York Times. “Mr. Gilbert is … moving to a city whose gleaming new concert hall has been capturing the imagination of audiences. And he is returning to musicians who know him well: Mr. Gilbert was the ensemble’s principal guest conductor from 2004 to 2015, when it was known as the NDR Symphony Orchestra…. Mr. Gilbert [recently] spoke of his admiration for the way the Elbphilharmonie had worked to build a relationship with its audience before the hall opened…. Hamburg has been making a big investment in music, and officials there said that they were pleased to have landed a musician of Mr. Gilbert’s stature—and one with clear ideas about innovation. ‘His vision for a 21st-century orchestra is a perfect fit for the Elbphilharmonie,’ Christoph Lieben-Seutter, the general and artistic director of the Elbphilharmonie, said in a statement. Mr. Gilbert agreed to a five-year contract, beginning in the 2019-20 season.”

Posted June 23, 2017

Alan Gilbert inset photo by David Finlayson