Alan Gilbert is in hospital with Covid

Alan Gilbert is in hospital with Covid


norman lebrecht

April 18, 2021

The former music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, now with the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, was admitted to hospital a week ago in Stockholm with a bad case of Covid-19.

We understand that he is doing much better now and have sent him our warm wishes for a speedy recovery.

Stockholm has seen rising Covid numbers this month, with the Opera shut down after a cluster of 15 cases.






  • BP says:

    Hoping for a full and speedy recovery. Gilbert seems like a mensch.

    • JP says:

      May those who downvoted your kind wishes reap the wrath of karma. Who would do that?

    • Gustavo says:

      Liked his Mahler 7 and 3 in HH, the latter in the Elphi where a musician fainted (back row, percussionist, I seem to recall) during the last movement (which indeed can be quite moving). Nevertheless, the show went on without any affect on the flow of the music. Great responsiveness of the orchestra and great conducting – Bravo!

      • Barry Guerrero says:

        Those are the two Mahler symphonies A. Gilbert did really well in N.Y. as well. The proof can be heard on Spotify and, I think, Youtube.

  • Tom says:

    Did he want this medical information to be made public?

  • David J Hyslop says:

    Sad news. Best wishes for a full recovery.

  • Edgar Self says:

    Best wishes to Alan Gilbert and his family for his continued improvement and recovery. We need more conductors like him.

  • Alan says:

    Hope he’s on the mend.

    But visiting the Covid basket case that is Sweden was a really bad idea.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Best wishes for a quick and full recovery, Maestro Gilbert!!!!

  • Marj says:

    A speedy recovery … and no after effects either! Be well!

  • Robert says:

    A wonderful human being. A great artist!
    Speedy recovery, Alan!!

    Robert and the BIS team.

  • Gustavo says:

    Get well soon!

    Cheers from all your fans world-wide!

  • Karl says:

    He brought the NYPO to Montreal for a couple of concerts a few years ago. I remember a very awesome Mahler 5th. Get well soon maestro!

  • Angoo says:

    We enjoyed watching you conduct in New York via PBS. Our best wishes to you and family during this worrisome time.