Since his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2006, Alan Gilbert has shown his mastery of a broad repertoire, presenting works ranging from Bach, Mozart, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky to Magnus Lindberg and John Adams.
Alan Gilbert, who was music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2009 to 2017, is chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and music director of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Born in New York, he first studied composition and violin at Harvard and the New England Conservatory of Music, and after completing his musical education at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School, he worked for several years as a violinist and violist. A recipient of numerous awards and honours, the conductor enjoys a reputation in the music world today as a passionate performer. The spectrum of works he performs ranges from the Baroque to the present. Gilbert, who headed the Department of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Juilliard School, has served as chief conductor and artistic advisor to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and music director of Santa Fe Opera. He has conducted musical theatre productions at leading opera houses and has appeared with major American and Japanese orchestras. Alan Gilbert is conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and founder of Musicians for Unity, an organisation working for peace, development and human rights under the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations.