VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
American businessman, journalist, Mahler scholar and conductor Gilbert Kaplan was born in New York City on 3 March 1941. During his business career, he made a large fortune by creating and editing the successful magazine Institutional Investor, and then selling it.
Following a chance hearing of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, Kaplan became obsessed with the work, buying Mahler's original manuscript (and baton), co-editing a new critical edition of the work, and becoming known as a conductor of just this one work. He conducted it more than a hundred times, appearing with more than fifty orchestras. He occasionally also conducted the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
Critical opinion of his performances was sharply divided: some of the orchestral musicians who worked with him dismissed him as a charlatan who couldn't keep a steady beat, but many critics claimed that the resulting performances were exceptional.
Gilbert Kaplan died on 1 January 2016, aged seventy-four.