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Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden assumed the post of music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2018–19 season, returning to the city where he had once studied violin – at the Juilliard School of Music – at the age of sixteen. Just three years later, he would be appointed principal violinist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. 

Van Zweden traded in his bow for a conductor’s baton in 1997, going on to hold the position of chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Antwerp, as well as that of chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Following his appointment as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2008, a position he held until 2018, his international career took off. Van Zweden has conducted such leading orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012, he was also appointed music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he released a recording of Wagner’s complete Ring cycle. 

His many critically acclaimed recordings include the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms, and Wagner’s Parsifal which was awarded an Edison in 2012. That same year, he was hailed as Conductor of the Year by Musical America. 

Van Zweden first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1998. Since 2005 he has returned regularly as a guest conductor. In January 2020, he led Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps and Britten’s Violin Concerto with Simone Lamsma as soloist. In April 2021 a concert stream followed with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Lieder by Schubert and Richard Strauss and the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s newly commissioned Der Einsiedler.

Jaap van Zweden, image: Bert Hulselmans

Jaap van Zweden assumed the post of music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2018–19 season, returning to the city where he had once studied violin – at the Juilliard School of Music – at the age of sixteen. Just three years later, he would be appointed principal violinist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. 

Van Zweden traded in his bow for a conductor’s baton in 1997, going on to hold the position of chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Antwerp, as well as that of chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Following his appointment as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2008, a position he held until 2018, his international career took off. Van Zweden has conducted such leading orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012, he was also appointed music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he released a recording of Wagner’s complete Ring cycle. 

His many critically acclaimed recordings include the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms, and Wagner’s Parsifal which was awarded an Edison in 2012. That same year, he was hailed as Conductor of the Year by Musical America. 

Van Zweden first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1998. Since 2005 he has returned regularly as a guest conductor. In January 2020, he led Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps and Britten’s Violin Concerto with Simone Lamsma as soloist. In April 2021 a concert stream followed with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Lieder by Schubert and Richard Strauss and the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s newly commissioned Der Einsiedler.

Jaap van Zweden assumed the post of music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2018–19 season, returning to the city where he had once studied violin – at the Juilliard School of Music – at the age of sixteen. Just three years later, he would be appointed principal violinist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. 

Van Zweden traded in his bow for a conductor’s baton in 1997, going on to hold the position of chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Antwerp, as well as that of chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Following his appointment as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2008, a position he held until 2018, his international career took off. Van Zweden has conducted such leading orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012, he was also appointed music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he released a recording of Wagner’s complete Ring cycle. 

His many critically acclaimed recordings include the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms, and Wagner’s Parsifal which was awarded an Edison in 2012. That same year, he was hailed as Conductor of the Year by Musical America. 

Van Zweden first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1998. Since 2005 he has returned regularly as a guest conductor. In January 2020, he led Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps and Britten’s Violin Concerto with Simone Lamsma as soloist. In April 2021 a concert stream followed with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Lieder by Schubert and Richard Strauss and the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s newly commissioned Der Einsiedler.

  • Jaap van Zweden, image: Bert Hulselmans
    Jaap van Zweden, image: Bert Hulselmans
  • Jaap van Zweden image: Mladen Pikulic
    Jaap van Zweden image: Mladen Pikulic

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