This Season, Alan Gilbert Takes NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra to New Heights in Fourth Season as Chief Conductor; Embarks on Second as Music Director of Royal Swedish Opera; and Returns to Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony & More
After three seasons as Chief Conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Alan Gilbert has already begun to “put Hamburg on the map as a musical center and lead the orchestra into the first rank” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Through adventurous programming, a thought-provoking new festival and regular online streaming, he continues to take the orchestra to new heights this season. Highlights of their 2022–23 engagements include the inaugural edition of “Elbphilharmonie Visions,” a ten-day biennial celebration of today’s new music; symphonies by Mozart, Schubert, Mahler and Tchaikovsky; collaborations with Julia Bullock and Alisa Weilerstein; and works by the conductor’s fellow Americans, such as John Adams, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Margaret Bonds and George Gershwin, whose Porgy and Bess forms a centerpiece of “Love,” the 2023 Hamburg International Music Festival. Beyond Hamburg, 2022–23 sees Gilbert lead Ariadne auf Naxos to open his second season as Music Director of the Royal Swedish Opera, before returning to the podiums of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic, where he undertakes two programs in the orchestra’s 2023 Biennial. To complete his lineup, early next year the Grammy-winning conductor returns to the States to premiere new commissions with both the Boston Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, with which he also reprises his celebrated account of Nielsen’s Third Symphony.