Melbourne Symphony Orchestra today announced that Principal Cellist, David Berlin, will perform with the New York Philharmonic as part of a United Nations-endorsed global orchestra in June.
The global orchestra, featuring musicians from 18 orchestras, has been formed to mark the end of Alan Gilbert’s tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.
Gilbert will lead the global orchestra joined by musicians from orchestras around the world in three concerts celebrating the power of music to build bridges and unite people across borders.
The special program was conceived by Alan Gilbert in coordination with the New York Philharmonic, following conversations with the former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. This event will launch a new initiative to be led by Alan Gilbert in which musicians from around the world will come together to perform music at critical times in support of peace, development and human rights.
The concerts on 8, 9 and 10 June will be dedicated to issues of global concern – notably international peace in today’s globalised world – and will be accompanied by a public forum discussing the role music and arts play in contributing to the vision of a more peaceful and interconnected society.
The global orchestra will perform Mahler’s Seventh Symphony and will feature acclaimed cellist, Yo-Yo Ma on 8 June and renowned trumpet player Wynton Marsalis on 9 June.
A cellist with the MSO for almost 30 years, David Berlin said he was honored to be taking part in the New York Philharmonic’s global orchestra project.
‘Great music is a powerful way of expressing compassion and support to a community that is in crisis, wherever that may be,’ said Mr Berlin.
MSO Managing Director, Sophie Galaise highlighted how important it was for an Australian orchestra to be a part of this global event.
“I am thrilled that our very own David Berlin will represent Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in this very important unification, connecting orchestras and spreading a message of harmony and shared humanity. We are honored to be associated with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert in celebrating the power of music to make a positive effect in the world.’
The countries involved in the global orchestra include Australia, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom and the United States.
For over 25 years David has been at the forefront of music performance in Australia, as Principal Cello of both the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (1985-1988) and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (since 1989).
David has made numerous appearances as soloist with these and other Australian orchestras and has been invited to play guest Principal Cello with the Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra.
David plays on a cello made by Ivan Zgradic in Sherman Oaks, California in 1982.
New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009. He simultaneously maintains a major international presence, making guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In seven years as Music Director at the New York Philharmonic, Gilbert has succeeded in transforming the orchestra, already one of the United States’ most venerable arts institutions, into a leader on the cultural landscape.