Music Director Jaap van Zweden
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Biography
Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2021–22 season, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic perform at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the accelerated renovation of David Geffen Hall — scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2022 — and in three concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. In addition to symphonic cornerstones, he conducts the Orchestra in the World Premieres of works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gregory Spears, Joel Thompson, and Joan Tower; a US Premiere by Nico Muhly; and New York Premieres of works by Hannah Kendall and Nina Shekhar.

Highlights from recent Philharmonic seasons include the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, including Tania León’s Stride, which was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music; the new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Barber, Beethoven, Bruckner, Philip Glass, Mozart, Steve Reich, Ellen Reid, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Nina C. Young, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

Upcoming 2021-2022 Performances
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24

March, 2022 Thursday

Rehearsal: Beethoven’s <em>Emperor</em> Concerto and Shostakovich
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9:45 AM Open Rehearsal

Rehearsal: Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Shostakovich

Program To Include
Perry Study for Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Seong-Jin Cho Piano
Beethoven’s <em>Emperor</em> Concerto and Shostakovich
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7:30 PM Concert

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Shostakovich

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Program To Include
Perry Study for Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Seong-Jin Cho Piano

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March, 2022 Friday

Beethoven’s <em>Emperor</em> Concerto and Shostakovich
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8:00 PM Concert

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Shostakovich

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Program To Include
Perry Study for Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Seong-Jin Cho Piano

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March, 2022 Saturday

Beethoven’s <em>Emperor</em> Concerto and Shostakovich
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8:00 PM Concert

Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Shostakovich

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Program To Include
Perry Study for Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Seong-Jin Cho Piano

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April, 2022 Wednesday

New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall
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8:00 PM Concert

New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

Program To Include
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Nico Muhly In Certain Circles (US Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Orchestre de Paris, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic)
Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Debussy La Mer
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Katia and Marielle Labèque Pianos

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May, 2022 Friday

New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall 
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8:00 PM Concert

New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall 

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Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Igor Levit Piano

12

May, 2022 Thursday

Donor Rehearsal: After the Storm: Mozart, Beethoven, and Nina Shekhar
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9:45 AM Online Concert

Donor Rehearsal: After the Storm: Mozart, Beethoven, and Nina Shekhar

Program To Include
Nina Shekhar Lumina (New York Premiere)
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Frank Huang Violin
After the Storm: Mozart, Beethoven, and Nina Shekhar
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7:30 PM Concert

After the Storm: Mozart, Beethoven, and Nina Shekhar

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Program To Include
Nina Shekhar Lumina (New York Premiere)
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Frank Huang Violin

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May, 2022 Friday

After the Storm: Mozart, Beethoven, and Nina Shekhar
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8:00 PM Concert

After the Storm: Mozart, Beethoven, and Nina Shekhar

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Program To Include
Nina Shekhar Lumina (New York Premiere)
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Frank Huang Violin

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May, 2022 Saturday

After the Storm: Mozart, Beethoven, and Nina Shekhar
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8:00 PM Concert

After the Storm: Mozart, Beethoven, and Nina Shekhar

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Program To Include
Nina Shekhar Lumina (New York Premiere)
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Frank Huang Violin

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June, 2022 Thursday

Donor Rehearsal: Beatrice Rana, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich
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9:45 AM Open Rehearsal

Donor Rehearsal: Beatrice Rana, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich

Program To Include
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Beatrice Rana Piano
Beatrice Rana, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich
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7:30 PM Concert

Beatrice Rana, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich

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Program To Include
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Beatrice Rana Piano

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June, 2022 Friday

Beatrice Rana, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich
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8:00 PM Concert

Beatrice Rana, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich

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Program To Include
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Beatrice Rana Piano

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June, 2022 Saturday

Beatrice Rana, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich
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8:00 PM Concert

Beatrice Rana, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich

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Program To Include
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Beatrice Rana Piano

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June, 2022 Friday

New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall
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8:00 PM Concert

New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

Program To Include
Sarah Kirkland Snider Forward Into Light (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Barber Violin Concerto
Mahler Symphony No. 1
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Hilary Hahn Violin

20

July, 2022 Wednesday

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden and Seong-Jin Cho
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6:00 PM Concert

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden and Seong-Jin Cho

Program To Include
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Seong-Jin Cho Piano

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July, 2022 Friday

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden and Bomsori Kim
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6:00 PM Concert

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden and Bomsori Kim

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Carlos Simon New work (World Premiere–Bravo! Vail Commission)
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
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Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Bomsori Kim Violin

23

July, 2022 Saturday

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden and Conrad Tao
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6:00 PM Concert

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden and Conrad Tao

Program To Include
Nina Shekhar Lumina
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17
Dvořák Symphony No. 7
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Conrad Tao Piano

24

July, 2022 Sunday

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler
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6:00 PM Concert

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler

Program To Include
Mahler Symphony No. 6
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
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