What Makes a Great Conductor?
The idea of showing the tempo to help musicians play together is basic—but conducting so much more than that. It's about inspiring them and making the musicians feel that there's something in the music that they want to express.
Alan Gilbert has been musical director of the New York Philharmonic since September 2009. He was previously chief conductor and musical adviser to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and has conducted other leading orchestras
including the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras;
the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; and the Berlin Philharmonic,
Munich's Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam's Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Orchestre National de Lyon. He also holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at the Juilliard School in New York.