Jaap van Zweden conducts New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York

Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:30PM
Avery Fisher Hall – New York, NY

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 7:30PM
Avery Fisher Hall – New York, NY

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:30PM
Avery Fisher Hall – New York, NY

Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden has been music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and is also honorary chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Radio Chamber Orchestras (having been chief conductor and artistic director from 2005 to 2011). In January 2012 he was announced as music director designate of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, where he will become music director in September 2012 with an initial contract of four years.

At age 19 he was appointed the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career in 1995 and held the positions of chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (1996–2000), Residentie Orchestra of The Hague (2000–05), and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (2008–11). In November 2011 van Zweden was named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year for 2012.

Mr. van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many prestigious orchestras across the globe, including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland, and Philadelphia Orchestras, as well as the Munich Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Opera also plays an important part in his career, and he has conducted Verdi’s La traviata and Beethoven’s Fidelio with the National Reisopera and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Netherlands Opera, and has presided over concert performances of Verdi’s Otello, Barber’s Vanessa, and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal, and Lohengrin at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.

Recent highlights have included highly acclaimed debuts with Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra (at the Tanglewood Festival), as well as at the BBC Proms conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. Highlights of his 2011–12 and upcoming seasons include subscription debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as the New York Philharmonic, and returns to the Orchestre National de France and to the Philadelphia, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, and London Philharmonic orchestras.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, which include Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrushka, as well as the complete Beethoven and Brahms. He is currently recording the cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic for Octavia Records. He has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the London Philharmonic, and his highly acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger, and Parsifal are available on CD/DVD. For the Dallas Symphony’s own label he has released Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 and Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7. In August 2010 he recorded Mozart piano concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and David Fray.

This week at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts he conducts the New York Philharmonic and pianist Yuja Wang with Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto and Mahler’s First Symphony.