Jaap van Zweden
Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun Times, >October 2008
Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. Since 2008 he has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and since 2005 Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Radio Chamber Orchestras (until 2012). Appointed at nineteen as 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), Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague (2000-2005), and Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011). 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.
He has worked with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and London Philharmonic, and appeared at the BBC Proms, and the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals. Future plans include his subscription debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and return visits to the Orchestre National de France, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago and St Louis Symphony Orchestras, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras.
His opera repertoire includes La Traviata and Fidelio (National Reisopera), Madama Butterfly (Netherlands Opera), Otello, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Lohengrin, Parsifal and Vanessa.
He has recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Residentie Orchestra, Shostakovich Symphony No.5 with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Mahler Symphony No.5 (recorded live at his London Philharmonic debut), Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the Brahms symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, with whom he is currently recording a Bruckner cycle for Octavia, with symphonies 4, 5, 7, 9 and 2 already released to great critical acclaim.