3. Symphony Concert

Alan Gilbert Conductor
Yundi Piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Piano Concerto in A major, K 488

Richard Strauss

  • »Sinfonia domestica«, Opus 53

Creating pedestals

Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major is the archetypal keyboard concerto. Here it is performed by the Chinese pianist Yundi, who very early won fame through his interpretations of Chopin and Liszt. In his »Sinfonia Domestica«, Richard Strauss’s interest is quite explicitly on his own person: »I don’t see why I can’t write a symphony about myself. I find myself quite as interesting as Napoleon or Alexander the Great.« 

  • 10.11.2017
    20:00 Uhr
  • 11.11.2017
    20:00 Uhr
  • 12.11.2017
    11:00 Uhr

Alan Gilbert

Alan Gilbert looks forward to launching his tenure as the new Chief Conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in September 2019. The Grammy Award-winning conductor previously served for more than a decade as Principal Guest Conductor of the ensemble when it was known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg; it has since adopted the name of its already-iconic new home, the Elbphilharmonie, which opened in January 2017 to worldwide acclaim. Gilbert’s new position follows his transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, which saw him establish the orchestra as a leader on the cultural landscape. He is also Conductor Laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural Music Director.

His discography includes “The Nielsen Project,” a boxed set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at the Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions, of Sweeney Todd and a 100th-birthday gala tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At New York’s Juilliard School, he was the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and served as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the 2015 lecture on “Orchestras in the 21st Century – a new paradigm” at London’s Royal Philharmonic Society during the New York Philharmonic’s European tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

Alan Gilbert is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies and holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at the Juilliard School. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 conducting John Adams's Doctor Atomic, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2014, honored with the Foreign Policy Association Medal and named an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2015, and nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Direction of two New York Philharmonic productions: Sweeney Todd and a 100th-birthday gala tribute to Frank Sinatra, broadcast on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center in 2015 and 2016, respectively.


Internationally acclaimed pianist Yundi was propelled onto the international stage when he won first prize at the XIV Chopin International Piano Competition at the age of 18, becoming the youngest and first Chinese winner in the history of the renowned competition. Since then, he has been regarded as a international piano star, also a leading exponent of Chopin’s music. In recognition of his contribution to Polish culture, the Government of Poland presented a Gold Medal for Merit to Culture ‘Gloria Artis’ to YUNDI in 2010.

On his regular recital tours, Yundi has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), Royal Festival Hall (London), Musikverein Vienna, Alte Opera Frankfurt, Herkulessaal (Munich), Konzerthaus Berlin, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Salle Pleyel (Paris), Mariinsky Concert Hall (St Petersburg), National Centre for Performing Arts (Beijing), Seoul Arts Centre and Suntory Hall (Tokyo). Orchestras and conductors with whom he has collaborated include the Berliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and Riccardo Chailly, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Philharmonia Orchestra and Andrew Davis, Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, and the Israel Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. 

He has also performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and NHK Symphony. Besides, he has participated in various internationally renowned music festivals as guest performer. His solo piano concert has received with delirious approval and the deep love from the music fans, especially in Europe, America, Japan and China. In 2013 he held more than 30 piano solo concerts in China, which created a Chinese classical concert national tour of the precedent.

In addition to his activities on the concert platform, YUNDI is also passionate about humanitarian work, which includes acting as an ambassador of the Red Cross Society of China and for his hometown of Chongqing. Equally committed to promoting classical music in an educational context, YUNDI is one of the pioneers of musical education in China, where his success story has played a crucial role in millions of children learning the piano. He has also given masterclasses at the Royal College of Music, University of Cambridge and Qinghua University in Beijing. In Autumn 2012, he was appointed Associate Dean and Professor of the Piano Faculty at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.