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Born to former members of New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert has had music running in his veins since the day he was born. His father, Michael Gilbert and his mother Yoko Takebe, both had a successful career while working in the New York Philharmonic. And now its Alan Gilbert’s turn to fill in their shoes as the new Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Gilbert took charge as a new music director for the New York Philharmonic in September 2009. Before taking that position, Gilbert was already a celebrated conductor as well as a violinist. Gilbert gave his first performance as the new music director of Philharmonic on September 16, 2009. Since that day he has been known to be a fresh new beginning for the philharmonic thanks to his creative musical insight and expertise. Due to his immense contribution and creative skills, New York Philharmonic is continuously growing and gathers a large number of audience members on each of their performance. Being a fan of classical music, if you haven’t felt the magic of Philharmonic’s music under Gilbert’s direction, then Alan Gilbert tickets are must for you.
Gilbert had a flair and panache for music even when he was a child, as he saw both his mother and father perform with the New York Philharmonic. So while following in their footsteps in Big Apple, Gilbert attended Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York and during his early days he also started perfecting with the instruments like piano, violin and viola.
After graduating from college, Gilbert went on to study music in Harvard University during the 80s, and excelled to become Harvard Bach Society Orchestra’s music director for a year. To further his skills as a violinist, Gilbert studied the instrument under the supervision of Masuko Ushioda in Boston at New England Conservatory of Music. To further perfect his art of conducting, Gilbert then went on to study conducting at the Julliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music after graduating from Harvard University. As a musician, Gilbert claimed his first prize for his work in 1994 when he claimed the top prize in Geneva at the International Competition for Musical Performance. Also in 1994, and he also received private tutoring from maestro Solti after he claimed the Georg Solti prize.
The following year in 1995, Gilbert took his first major position as an assistant conductor when he joined the Cleveland Orchestra. He remained with the Cleveland Orchestra for almost two years and left in 1997. Also in 1997, he took home the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award. Later in 2000, Gilbert joined Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra as its Chief Conductor. As his skills as the Chief Conductor were highly applauded, Alan Gilbert tickets received a sudden boost in their demand. His work with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic was also his first major leadership post as a part of any orchestra. He remained at the Position of Chief Conductor at Stockholm Philharmonic till 2008 and during that time he increased the number of audience members at each of the philharmonic’s performances. Due to this increase in attendance, he helped the orchestra to receive even more financial aid from the regional government.
Apart from working as the Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic, he also worked as a music director for the Santa Fe Opera from 2003 till 2006. On July 18, 2007, Alan Gilbert was officially appointed as the new Music Director for the New York Philharmonic and was schedule to take the charge from 2009-10 season. Before giving his first performance as the Philharmonic’s new music director in September 2009, Gilbert had already worked with New York Philharmonic on a number of occasions.
Ever since he officially became a part of New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert has been enjoying even more fan following. So while Gilbert’s performances have still yet to come, make sure you have your Alan Gilbert tickets well before that happens.
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