New York Philharmonic

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world; on May 5, 2010,
it performed its 15,000th concert – a milestone unmatched by any other symphony orchestra in the world. Since its inception the Orchestra
has championed the new music of its time, commissioning or premiering important works such as Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World and presenting the U.S. Premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. This pioneering tradition has continued to the present day, with works of major contemporary composers regularly scheduled each season, including John Adams’ Pulitzer-Prize-and- Grammy-Award-winning On the Transmigration of Souls and Christopher Rouse’s Prospero’s Rooms. Renowned around the globe, the Philharmonic has appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries – including its October 2009 debut in Vietnam and its February 2008 historic visit to Pyongyang, DPRK, earning the 2008 Common Ground Award for Cultural Diplomacy.

The Philharmonic’s concerts are broadcast
on the weekly syndicated radio program
The New York Philharmonic This Week, streamed on, and have been telecast annually on Live From Lincoln Center on US public television since the series’ premiere in 1976. The Philharmonic has made almost 2,000 recordings since 1917,
with more than 500 currently available. The Philharmonic released the first-ever classical iTunes Pass in 2009-10 and continues to release its self-produced concert downloads.

The Orchestra has built on its long-running Young People’s Concerts to develop a wide range of education programs, including Very Young People’s Concerts, for pre-schoolers; School Day Concerts, with supporting curriculum for grades 3-12; the School Partnership Program, enriching music education in New York City; Very Young Composers, enabling students to express themselves through original works; Learning Overtures, fostering international exchange among educators; and online resources used in homes and classrooms around the world.

Alan Gilbert became Music Director in September 2009, succeeding a series of 20th-century musical giants that goes back to Gustav Mahler and Arturo Toscanini. Credit Suisse is the New York Philharmonic’s exclusive Global Sponsor.