Interlochen to Collaborate with New York Philharmonic

  • (l-r): Interlochen President Jeffrey Kimpton, NY Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien, NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert

Interlochen Arts Academy chosen to participate in 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL

The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra will perform as part of the New York Philharmonic's 2015-16 season and 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL, the Philharmonic's exploration of today's music. Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and President Matthew VanBesien announced the collaboration at a press conference on January 21, 2015.

"We are thrilled to be invited to collaborate with the New York Philharmonic for their season and biennial," said Interlochen President Jeffrey Kimpton, who attended the press conference. "To partner with the Philharmonic, one of the world's greatest orchestras, in this prestigious festival offers our students, faculty and the entire Interlochen community a remarkable experience."

The programs will be announced at a later date.

VanBesien said that Interlochen was a natural partner for the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. "Our partnership with Interlochen and its accomplished young musicians for the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL reflects the Philharmonic's growing collaborations with leading music education organizations across the globe. I fondly remember my years at Interlochen as a hornist, and I know the Philharmonic musicians who are Interlochen alumni also consider it a formative experience. This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the next generations of music lovers to champion new music."

About Interlochen Center for the Arts
The nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in the arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at

About the New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic — a cultural leader in New York City, the United States, and the world — will connect with up to 50 million music lovers in the 2014–15 season through performances, education programs, and broadcasts. Having commissioned and/or premiered works by leading composers from every era, the Orchestra now champions contemporary music through CONTACT! andthe NY PHIL BIENNIAL. Other recent initiatives include the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, national and international partnerships to cultivate tomorrow's orchestral musicians. Renowned around the world, having appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries, America's oldest symphony orchestra has been a media pioneer, releasing almost 2,000 recordings since 1917 and today sharing live performances through downloads and online. Alan Gilbert became Music Director in 2009, succeeding 20th-century musical giants including Bernstein, Toscanini, and Mahler.