Jaap van Zweden, the Dutch-born Music Director of the Dallas Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras will make his debut with the legendary Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, standing in at the last minute for an indisposed Mariss Jansons. He will conduct the orchestra in Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and Brahms' Symphony No. 1, with three performances in Berlin on 8th, 9th and 10th May, and a matinee performance on Sunday 12th in van Zweden's home city of Amsterdam. This latter performance at the celebrated Concertgebouw will be a particular highlight, taking place as it does in the building which formed van Zweden's 'artistic home' for many years, not least during his time as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Radio Chamber Orchestras from 2005-2011 (he remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra).

In November 2011 van Zweden was named as the recipient of Musical America's Conductor of the Year Award 2012 in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious US orchestras, and he maintains regular relationships with many of the world's top ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently he has made highly acclaimed debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich,Orchestre de Paris  and the Boston Symphony, and at the BBC Proms.

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