Alan Gilbert studied at Harvard University, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School of Music in New York, launching his career as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. Gilbert was appointed music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2009, the first native New Yorker to hold the position. He conducts the orchestra frequently, and has associated a number of artists in residence with it, including composer Magnus Lindberg and pianist Inon Barnatan. He was also closely involved in establishing two concert series devoted to contemporary music.
In addition to his activities with the New York Philharmonic, Gilbert is frequently invited to conduct many other acclaimed orchestras. In the current season, he is making guest appearances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. He is also leading a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera.
Gilbert previously served as music director of the Santa Fe Opera and of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made guest appearances leading the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon. Gilbert made previous guest appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012.