Alan Gilbert is home after 3 weeks in Covid care

Alan Gilbert is home after 3 weeks in Covid care


norman lebrecht

May 01, 2021

The former NY Philharmonic music director and present Hamburg chief sends this message via Slipped Disc:

I am grateful to the many people who reached out to me over the past few weeks, and am happy to report that after a nearly-three-week stay in hospital, I am finally back home and reunited with my family. My experience has in a very personal way confirmed what we have known all along: COVID-19 is not to be trifled with. While recent news reports from the United States and elsewhere have been encouraging, the situation in many countries is still alarming and even catastrophic. I urge everyone to continue to take this virus seriously, and if you have not yet been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible!

I will be taking the next weeks slowly as I rebuild my strength and work towards a full recovery. My thanks to everyone for their support and good wishes. I look forward to being in touch with you all again soon. – Alan


  • Cornishman says:

    Delighted to read this. I had been worried about him.


    Good to know about Maestro”s Gilbert recovery . Could anyone tell me if he had been vaccinated before getting sick?Thank you and wish all readers good health !

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    This is good news.

  • fflambeau says:

    Nice statement. Good health!

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Wishing you a full recovery, along with that of the world of live music performance!

  • Karl says:

    A good message from a good man.

  • SMims says:

    That’s good news all around

  • Scott says:

    Good news!

  • Gustavo says:

    Hope he will be allowed to perform freely in Berlin without complications.

  • Eusebius says:

    covid is real, get vaccinated and be safe.

    • Gustavo says:

      “get vaccinated and be safe”

      Western industrial societies have succeeded in saving themselves first and in preventing triage in most cases, while capitalising on vaccines produced in parts of the world that are now facing severe conditions and to whom triage is probably a luxury problem.

      The game has reached the next level.

      So why not: “donate your vaccine to save life in India”?

  • Jaap van Heerden says:

    Wonderful news, Alan, for your wife and children as well! Hoping very much I will see you at Tanglewood later this year. Be Well!