The first question the New York Phil asked its new chief executive

It was not about his tenure at the Houston Symphony, where Matthew Van Besien worked with the lacklustre music director Hans Graf, and a bunch of increasingly disgruntled players. Nor was it about his term at the Melbourne Symphony, where he barely managed to dent the seat before applying for the New York Phil. Or why the MSO is presently without a music director.

No, the first question would have been, how did the prospective chief exec rate Alan Gilbert? One of the best, Van Biesen would have said. Any other answer would have ended the interview.

More details as they come in…

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  • From whence comes the game “musical chairs ” you go where the buck is……….
    Music is the last thing these folks have in mind other than using it as a stalking horse to getting a better paying
    job . Did you hear the NYPhil . New years Concert – neither did we – a few minutes in and all of us fell asleep .

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