Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg (pictured) will become the New York Philharmonic's new composer-in-residence, thanks to a gift to the orchestra's endowment.
Henry R. Kravis and his wife, Marie-Josee Kravis, will give the Philharmonic $10 million, the proceeds from which (interest, market appreciation) will underwrite the newly reinistated position. The two-year post starts with opening night this Wednesday, when the orchestra will give the premiere of Lindberg's EXPO to open Alan Gilbert's first season as music director.
The Kravis gift will also endow a new music prize awarding $250,000 and a New York Philharmonic commission to a "composer for extraordinary artistic endeavor in the field of new music." The award will be given every two years starting in the 2011-12 season.
The Philharmonic used to have composers-in-residence (Jacob Druckman and David Del Tredici among them), but not since the 1996-97 season.
What better way to signal that a new music director's tenure is going to be about something other than being a conservator?