Alan Gilbert to Lead New York Philharmonic ASIA / WINTER 2014 Tour, 2/6-19
Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, February 6-19, 2014. The two-week tour - the Philharmonic's seventh international concert tour under Alan Gilbert's leadership - will feature ten concerts in three countries, with performances in Seoul, South Korea; Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama, Japan; and Taipei, Taiwan. Guest soloists include pianist Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic's Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, both of whom perform with the Orchestra in Tokyo and Taipei, as well as pianists Da Sol, who appears in Seoul, and Makoto Ozone, in Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama. The tour also features five performances of Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Rapture and two performances of former Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic, with Mr. Bronfman as soloist.
ASIA / WINTER 2014 will be the Orchestra's second tour of Asia under Mr. Gilbert's leadership, coming almost five years after his first tour with the Orchestra as Music Director in the fall of 2009. It will also mark the New York Philharmonic's eleventh concert tour and third Asian tour under the aegis of Credit Suisse. In addition to the support of Credit Suisse, the New York Philharmonic's Global Sponsor, the Philharmonic's appearance February 12 at Tokyo's Suntory Hall is sponsored by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. A complete schedule of ASIA / WINTER 2014 performances appears at the end of this press release.
"One of the most vivid and gratifying memories of my first season with the New York Philharmonic was our visit to Asia, with concerts in Japan and South Korea, in October 2009," said New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert. "It is with great pleasure that I look forward to returning there, and to making my first visit to Taipei with this Orchestra. This tour will be enriched with the results of some of our most valuable musical partnerships - our current Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse and current Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman, as well as former Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg, and with Lisa Batiashvili, a marvelous, natural musician with whom the musicians and I enjoy collaborating. I think we'll be presenting a real picture of today's New York Philharmonic for the inspiring audiences in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan."
"The New York Philharmonic's activities on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour demonstrate what a valuable resource an orchestra can be," said New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien. "In addition to Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra's performances of a truly diverse repertoire - spanning masterpieces by Bernstein, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky; contemporary pieces by Christopher Rouse and Magnus Lindberg; and the jazz-inflected Gershwin - we are showcasing several educational projects on this tour, including the results of Seoul's and Tokyo's embrace of our Very Young Composers program, as well as pieces composed by New York schoolchildren inspired by music by their counterparts in Fukushima."