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Gilbert Kaplan


About this Artist

GILBERT KAPLAN is a leading authority on Gustav Mahler. He is the author and editor of the award-winning The Mahler Album, an illustrated biography. His extensive writings on Mahler have also appeared in publications ranging from London's musicological journal The Musical Times to The New York Times. He served as the host of a 13-week Mahler series broadcast on 350 radio stations in the United States and currently hosts "Mad About Music", a celebrity classical music and interview show on New York Public Radio. A member of the faculty of The Juilliard School (Evening Division), Mr. Kaplan has also lectured widely at Harvard and Oxford Universities and at leading musical conservatories including the Royal Academy of Music (London), Eastman School of Music and the Vienna Music Academy.

As a conductor, Gilbert Kaplan is widely considered one of the foremost interpreters of Mahler's Second Symphony ("Resurrection"). He has led more than 50 orchestras, including: the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Israel Philharmonic, Mariinsky Opera Orchestra, and the China National Symphony Orchestra (the premiere of Mahler's Second in China).

Mr. Kaplan's recording of Mahler's Second Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra was selected as one of the Records of the Year by The New York Times. With sales in excess of 180,000 copies, it has become the best-selling Mahler recording in history. A more recent recording with the Vienna Philharmonic has been the best-selling recording of the Second Symphony since its release in 2003.

He is the Editor (together with Renate Stark-Voit) of the New Critical Edition of Mahler’s Second Symphony.

Gilbert Kaplan is a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Westminster Choir College of Princeton, New Jersey and the George Eastman Medal for distinguished musical achievement from the Eastman School of Music of Rochester, New York. Mr. Kaplan serves on the board of Carnegie Hall and the Visiting Committee to the Department of Music at Harvard University.