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Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in the past decade to become one of today’s most distinguished conductors. On January 27, 2016, the New York Philharmonic announced that Jaap van Zweden will be their new Music Director starting with the 2018-19 season, and will act as Music Director Designate during 2017-18.  He has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, holding the Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship, and will continue in that role through the 2017-18 season, after which he becomes Conductor Laureate. He also continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Highlights of the 2016-17 season include return visits to the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as a debut performance with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Jaap van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many leading orchestras around the globe including, in addition to those above, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. With the Dallas Symphony he launched the annual SOLUNA

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Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in the past decade to become one of today’s most distinguished conductors. On January 27, 2016, the New York Philharmonic announced that Jaap van Zweden will be their new Music Director starting with the 2018-19 season, and will act as Music Director Designate during 2017-18.  He has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, holding the Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship, and will continue in that role through the 2017-18 season, after which he becomes Conductor Laureate. He also continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012.
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include return visits to the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as a debut performance with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Jaap van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many leading orchestras around the globe including, in addition to those above, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. With the Dallas Symphony he launched the annual SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival in 2015, and in that same year with the Hong Kong Philharmonic embarked on a four-year project to conduct the first ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, which is being recorded for release on Naxos Records.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, which include Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrushka, Britten’s War Requiem, and the complete Beethoven and Brahms symphonies. He has also completed a cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Additionally, he has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the London Philharmonic (LPO Live), and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and David Fray (Virgin). His highly praised performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger and Parsifal, the latter of which earned Maestro van Zweden the prestigious Edison award for Best Opera Recording in 2012, are available on CD/DVD. For the Dallas Symphony’s own record label, he has released the symphonies of Tchaikovsky (Nos. 4 and 5), Beethoven (Nos. 5 and 7), Mahler (Nos. 3 and 6) and Dvořák (No. 9), and the world premiere recording of Steven Stucky’s concert drama August 4, 1964. Most recently released on Naxos is his recording with the Hong Kong Philharmonic of Wagner’s Das Rheingold.

The Amsterdam-born van Zweden was appointed at nineteen as the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and began his conducting career twenty years later in 1995. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he served as Chief Conductor from 2005-2013, and Conductor Emeritus of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. He also held the Chief Conductor post of the Royal Flanders Orchestra from 2008-11.  Van Zweden was named Musical America's 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as guest conductor with the most prestigious US orchestras.


In 1997, Jaap van Zweden and his wife Aaltje established the Papageno Foundation, the objective being to support families of children with autism. Over the years, that support from Papageno has taken shape through a number of programs in which professional music therapists and musicians receive additional training in using music as a major tool for working with autistic children. Papageno House, a new home for autistic young adults and children, was opened in Laren, The Netherlands, in August 2015, with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance.
 

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"Jaap van Zweden commanded the piece both intellectually and viscerally, and the orchestra played stunningly. […] The finale was sheer magic, balanced between urgency and lingering over, and leaning into, juicy harmonic suspensions"

Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News

"Taken from two concert performances in January, 2015, this is the first installment of an entire Ring Cycle from the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden to be recorded by Naxos. It makes you hungry for the rest."

Robert Levine, Classics Today

"Jaap van Zweden is now the leading interpreter of Bruckner’s symphonies, and has trained his orchestra to perform them brilliantly. This is a leading recommendation [of Symphony No. 3]."

Michael Tanner, BBC Music Magazine

"Amid the many orchestral pleasures that van Zweden and the CSO have provided through three programs thus far, their electrifying account of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony takes the prize – surpassing even the weekend’s buoyant and witty Shostakovich Ninth Symphony and a solemn, luminous Britten “Sinfonia da Requiem.” Van Zweden charged the ultra-familiar Prokofiev Fifth with astonishing freshness. He seemed to touch every fiber of its piquant irony and unfettered songfulness. And the CSO put its virtuosity on the line in a hair-raising finale that prompted a ripping ovation."

Lawrence Johnson, Chicago on the Aisle, May 2014

"With Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony, it seemed as if he and the Vienna Philharmonic had made music together for decades: the intention of the conductor and the execution by the orchestra were completely as one. Like rider and horse in absolute harmony. […] A Bruckner interpretation of high precision and persuasiveness."

Stefan Ender, Der Standard, April 2014

"The Dallas Symphony and music director Jaap van Zweden returned to Meyerson Symphony Center Thursday through Sunday to create a delicate and intriguing conversation […] Van Zweden and the orchestra performed with gorgeous sensitivity throughout the performance"

Wayne Lee Gay, D Magazine, March 2014

"[Verdi Requiem] has been overexposed around here in recent seasons, but music director Jaap van Zweden ensured that there wouldn’t be a routine note. Phrases were lovingly shaped, pivotal notes sometimes breathtakingly — but strategically — delayed. Everything was fastidiously scaled and integrated."

Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, February 2014

"[van Zweden’s] sense of balance allowed for full appreciation of all the details of Mozart’s counterpoint, as well as the composer’s sharp ear for the interplay of sonorities across string, wind, and brass sections."

Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Music Examiner, February 2014

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Discography