The New York Philharmonic is an American Symphony Orchestra in New York, founded in 1842, initially under the name Philharmonic Symphony Society. The Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the world, and is the oldest U.S.Orchestra. The Orchestra is traditional to include the Big Five .
In 1928 the Philharmonic Symphony Society merged with its competitor, the New York Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York, which later was renamed New York Philharmonic.
After her concerts the Orchestra in 1962 moved to the Carnegie Hall of the Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), puts out from time to time the discussion on or the Orchestra shall not return to Carnegie Hall.
On LP records (especially on the Everestlabel), the Orchestra was in the 1950s and 1960s sometimes called Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York , as a result of agreements on the recordings.
The New York Philharmonic is known as a political "pioneer". So the orchestra played at the time of the cold war in 1959 and 1976 in Moscow.  on February 26, 2008 the orchestra played in the North Koreancapital Pyongyang. This concert was broadcast live on North Korean radio and television, and also on CNN. Because this is the first performance by an American Orchestra in the Communist people's Republic, this was regarded as a historic concert. 
- Lorin Maazel (from 2002)
- Kurt Masur (1991-2002)
- Zubin Mehta (1978-1991)
- Pierre Boulez (1971 – 1977)
- George Szell (1969 – 1970)
- Leonard Bernstein (1958 – 1969)
- Dimitri Mitropoulos (1949 – 1958)
- Leopold Stokowski (1949 – 1950)
- Bruno Walter (1947 – 1949)
- Artur Rodzinski (1943 – 1947)
- John Barbirolli (1936 – 1941)
- Arturo Toscanini (1928 – 1936)
- Willem Mengelberg (1922 – 1930)
- Ignatz Waghalter (1924-1925)
- Josef Stransky (1911-1923)
- Gustav Mahler (1909-1911)
- Wassili Safonow (1906 – 1909)
- Walter Damrosch (1902 – 1903)
- Emil Paur (1898 – 1902)
- Anton Seidl (1891-1898)
- Theodore Thomas (1877 – 1891)
- Leopold Damrosch (1876-1877)
- Carl Bergmann (1855-1876)
- Theodore Eisfeld (1848 – 1865)
- Ureli Corelli Hill (1842-1847)