Jaap van Zweden
Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony since 2008, and in September 2012 he took up the position of Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Appointed at nineteen as the youngest ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he began his conducting career in 1995 and has served as chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra; he currently serves as Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. Mr. van Zweden was named Musical America's 2012 Conductor of the Year.
Highlights of the 2013-14 season and beyond include subscription debuts with the London Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, performances with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and return visits to the Orchestre de Paris, the Rotterdam and London philharmonics, and the Verbier Festival, and a tour of China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. With the Chicago Symphony Mr. van Zweden will curate a three-week festival entitled "Truth to Power" that will focus on music of Britten, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. These current performances mark his San Francisco Symphony debut.
Mr. van Zweden has made numerous recordings, including discs of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrushka, Britten’s War Requiem, and the complete Beethoven and Brahms symphonies. He has recently completed a cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. He has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the London Philharmonic (on the LPO Live label), and Mozart piano concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and David Fray (Virgin). His performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger, and Parsifal are available on CD/DVD; the Parsifal recording won the Edison award for Best Opera Recording in 2012. For the Dallas Symphony’s own label he has led recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 and Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, and the world premiere recording of Steven Stucky’s cantata August 4, 1964.
In 1997, Jaap van Zweden and his wife Aaltje established the Papageno Foundation, to support families of children with autism.