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2018 Guest Artists

Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor

Conductor, composer, and educator Michael Tilson Thomas made his Carnegie Hall debut nearly 50 years ago, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969, and celebrates more than 100 performances at Carnegie Hall with his upcoming Perspectives series during the 2018–2019 season. He is music director of the San Francisco Symphony; co-founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy; and conductor laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, Mr. Tilson Thomas is also noted for his work as a composer and a producer of multimedia projects that are dedicated to music education and reimagining the concert experience. His compositions have been performed around the world, many premiering at Carnegie Hall during his first Perspectives series (2003 2005). He was also artistic director of Carnegie Hall’s 2011–2012 American Mavericks series in which he conducted the San Francisco Symphony in music by groundbreaking American composers. He has won 11 Grammy Awards for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

Michael Tilson Thomas
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire by composers who range from Beethoven through Liszt, Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Khachaturian, and Gershwin, as well as contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan. From the start of his career, Mr. Thibaudet has delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, including jazz and opera, which he transcribes himself to play on the piano. His profound professional friendships span the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art. The 2017–2018 season takes Mr. Thibaudet to 14 countries and includes concerts in Asia with the Singapore, NHK, and Guangzhou symphony orchestras, as well as the Malaysian, Hong Kong, and China philharmonic orchestras. Mr. Thibaudet’s recording catalogue of more than 50 albums has received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Edison Award, as well as two Grammy Award nominations and Gramophone and Echo awards. Mr. Thibaudet was awarded the title of Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

2018 Faculty

James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor
Ruth Reinhardt, Assistant Conductor
Andrew Crust, Assistant Conductor

Benjamin Bowman, Concertmaster, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
David Halen, Concertmaster, Saint Louis Symphony
Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Beth Guterman Chu, Principal Viola, Saint Louis Symphony
Wei Yu, Principal Cello, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Robin Kesselman, Principal Bass, Houston Symphony
Jeff Turner, Principal Bass, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Julia Bogorad-Kogan, Principal Flute, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Jonathan Fischer, Principal Oboe, Houston Symphony
Mark Nuccio, Principal Clarinet, Houston Symphony
Steve Williamson, Principal Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoon, The Philadelphia Orchestra

David Cooper, Principal Horn, Berlin Philharmonic
Andrew Balio, Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Weston Sprott, Acting Principal Trombone, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Peter Sullivan, Principal Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Chris Hall, Principal Tuba, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Kyle Turner, Principal Tuba, Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Jason Haaheim, Principal Timpani, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Don Liuzzi, Principal Timpani, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Marc Damoulakis, Principal Percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra
Jacob Nissly, Principal Percussion, San Francisco Symphony

Please note that the faculty list is subject to change.

Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.

Fubon Financial, MBK Partners, United Airlines

NYO-USA Sponsors: Fubon Financial; MBK Partners; and United Airlines®, Official Airline of Carnegie Hall

Major funding has been provided by The Carl Jacobs Foundation; Jean Eric Salata and Baring Private Equity Asia; JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation; Poongsan Corporation; PwC; and WEmusic Inc.

Additional funding has been provided by the Arison Arts Foundation; the Jack Benny Family Foundation; CHIMEI Culture Foundation; and Jolyon Stern and Nelle Nugent.

Blavatnik Family Foundation

Founder Patrons; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

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