Jaap van Zweden
Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in the past decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. Starting with the 2018-19 season, he becomes the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Currently, he is Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and has been Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America's 2012 Conductor of the Year.
Jaap van Zweden is a regular guest conductor with the world’s most prestigious ensembles, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In recent seasons, he made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic.
His acclaimed recordings have included Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, Britten’s War Requiem, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrushka, thecomplete symphonic cycles of Beethoven and Brahms and a recent Mahler 3. Also recently, his recording with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the beginning of a complete Ring Cycle over four years, was released on the Naxos label.
Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was the youngest ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career in 1995. Two years later, he and his wife Aaltje established the Papageno Foundation. The Foundation supports families of children with autism.