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ALAN GILBERT NAMED CONDUCTOR LAUREATE OF ROYAL STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

By Culturekiosque Staff

STOCKHOLM, 13 JUNE 2008 — The American conductor Alan Gilbert (b. 1967, New York) has been appointed Conductor Laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. In the more than 100-years-long history of the orchestra, he is only the third conductor awarded this prestigious title. Alan Gilbert is thus following in the line of legendary maestros Antal Doráti (Chief Conductor 1966-74) and Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1974-77 and 1991-95).

The appointment came following Mr. Gilbert's last concert as the Chief Conductor of the RSPO. Guests from around the world attended the concert on 7 June, which featured a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 that was recorded for future release on the BIS label. Among the highlights of the post-concert party were Swedish mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter, who sang comic songs, and renowned choir director Eric Ericson, who led members of his choir in songs of thanks by Brahms and Stenhammer. Zarin Mehta, the President and Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic, was also on hand to deliver one of the final speeches of appreciation. Alan Gilbert is Music Director Designate of the New York Philharmonic, and takes over the orchestra officially in the 2009-10 season (becoming the first native New Yorker to hold the post).

Born and raised in New York City, Alan Gilbert studied with his parents, both violinists in the New York Philharmonic. He graduated from Harvard, and continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, and was a substitute violinist with The Philadelphia Orchestra for two seasons, and assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 1995 to 1997.

Alan Gilbert: Upcoming Performances

July 3, 5: Chamber music performances at the Aspen Music Festival ( Aspen , Colorado )

July 6: Aspen Music Festival Orchestra - Hillborg: Eleven Gates; Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A minor; Ravel: Alborada del gracioso and Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

July 14: New York Philharmonic - Bach: Concerto for two Violins in D minor; Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; Sibelius: Finlandia ( Prospect Park , Brooklyn , NY )

July 15: New York Philharmonic - Beethoven: Symphony No. 4: Sibelius: Finlandia; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 with Lang Lang ( Central Park , NYC)

July 18: New York Philharmonic - Beethoven: Symphony No. 4: Sibelius: Finlandia; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 with Lang Lang (Bravo!- Vail Valley Music Festival, Colorado )

July 19: New York Philharmonic - Berlioz: "Roman Carnival" Overture; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 with Heinrich Schiff; R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (Bravo!- Vail Valley Music Festival, Colorado ).

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