Alan Gilbert Says He’s Quitting the New York Philharmonic

February 6, 2015 5:09 PM

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Alan Gilbert Says He’s Quitting the New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert will step down as music director of the New York Philharmonic when his contract expires in 2017, leaving the orchestra to navigate a turbulent patch that is likely to last for several years. The organization will be hunting for his replacement, planning a renovation of Avery Fisher Hall, searching for temporary quarters during construction, and facing another round of labor negotiations — all while trying to close a stubborn budget deficit that reached $6.1 million last year.

The first native New Yorker, the first Asian-American, and the first child of orchestra members to conduct the Philharmonic, Gilbert will leave an institution that is far more nimble and progressive than the one he took over five years ago. The orchestra has expanded its artistic ambitions on Gilber...

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