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 2022-2023 Performances
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Sat
8
Oct
2022
Etienne Charles – San Juan Hill: <em>A New York Story</em>
Program To Include
  • Etienne Charles, San Juan Hill: A New York Story (World Premiere–Lincoln Center Commission)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, Ensemble
Sat
8
Oct
2022
Etienne Charles – San Juan Hill: <em>A New York Story</em>
Program To Include
  • Etienne Charles, San Juan Hill: A New York Story (World Premiere–Lincoln Center Commission)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, Ensemble
Wed
12
Oct
2022
NY Phil Returns Home
Program To Include
  • Marcos Balter, Oyá, for light, electronics, and orchestra (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
  • John Adams, My Father Knew Charles Ives
  • Tania León, Stride (New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Oregon Symphony, Part of Project 19)
  • Respighi, Pines of Rome
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Nicholas Houfek, Lighting (Balter)
  • Levy Lorenzo, Electronics (Balter)
Thu
13
Oct
2022
NY Phil Returns Home
Program To Include
  • Marcos Balter, Oyá, for light, electronics, and orchestra (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
  • John Adams, My Father Knew Charles Ives
  • Tania León, Stride (New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Oregon Symphony, Part of Project 19)
  • Respighi, Pines of Rome
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Nicholas Houfek, Lighting (Balter)
  • Levy Lorenzo, Electronics (Balter)
Sat
15
Oct
2022
NY Phil Returns Home
Program To Include
  • Marcos Balter, Oyá, for light, electronics, and orchestra (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
  • John Adams, My Father Knew Charles Ives
  • Tania León, Stride (New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Oregon Symphony, Part of Project 19)
  • Respighi, Pines of Rome
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Nicholas Houfek, Lighting (Balter)
  • Levy Lorenzo, Electronics (Balter)
Tue
18
Oct
2022
NY Phil Returns Home
Program To Include
  • Marcos Balter, Oyá, for light, electronics, and orchestra (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
  • John Adams, My Father Knew Charles Ives
  • Tania León, Stride (New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Oregon Symphony, Part of Project 19)
  • Respighi, Pines of Rome
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Nicholas Houfek, Lighting (Balter)
  • Levy Lorenzo, Electronics (Balter)
Thu
20
Oct
2022
The Sound of Home
Program To Include
  • Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
  • Caroline Shaw, Microfictions, Vol. 3 (US Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission, Part of Project 19)
  • Price, Symphony No. 4
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Roomful of Teeth, Vocal Ensemble
Sat
22
Oct
2022
The Sound of Home
Program To Include
  • Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
  • Caroline Shaw, Microfictions, Vol. 3 (US Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission, Part of Project 19)
  • Price, Symphony No. 4
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Roomful of Teeth, Vocal Ensemble
Sun
23
Oct
2022
The Sound of Home
Program To Include
  • Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
  • Caroline Shaw, Microfictions, Vol. 3 (US Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission, Part of Project 19)
  • Price, Symphony No. 4
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Roomful of Teeth, Vocal Ensemble
Wed
26
Oct
2022
The Journey: David Geffen Hall Opening Gala
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Rob Mathes, Conductor
  • Renée Fleming, Soprano
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vocalist
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell, Vocalist
  • Bernadette Peters, Vocalist
  • Vanessa Williams, Vocalist
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
  • ...,
Fri
28
Oct
2022
The Joy: David Geffen Hall Opening Gala
Program To Include
  • Angélica Negrón, You Are the Prelude (Text by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado; World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 9
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Joélle Harvey, Soprano
  • Kelley O’Connor, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Issachah Savage, Tenor
  • Davóne Tines, Bass
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
Wed
2
Nov
2022
Donor Rehearsal: Bronfman, Mozart, and Bruckner
Program To Include
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 22
  • Bruckner, Symphony No. 7
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Yefim Bronfman, Piano
Wed
2
Nov
2022
Bronfman, Mozart, and Bruckner
Program To Include
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 22
  • Bruckner, Symphony No. 7
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Yefim Bronfman, Piano
Thu
3
Nov
2022
Bronfman, Mozart, and Bruckner
Program To Include
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 22
  • Bruckner, Symphony No. 7
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Yefim Bronfman, Piano
Fri
4
Nov
2022
Bronfman, Mozart, and Bruckner
Program To Include
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 22
  • Bruckner, Symphony No. 7
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Yefim Bronfman, Piano
Sat
5
Nov
2022
Bronfman, Mozart, and Bruckner
Program To Include
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 22
  • Bruckner, Symphony No. 7
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Yefim Bronfman, Piano
Fri
17
Mar
2023
Donor Rehearsal: <em>Turangalîla-Symphonie</em>
Program To Include
  • Messiaen, Turangalîla-symphonie
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
  • Cynthia Millar, Ondes martenot
Fri
17
Mar
2023
<em>Turangalîla-Symphonie</em>
Program To Include
  • Messiaen, Turangalîla-symphonie
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
  • Cynthia Millar, Ondes martenot
Sat
18
Mar
2023
<em>Turangalîla-Symphonie</em>
Program To Include
  • Messiaen, Turangalîla-symphonie
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
  • Cynthia Millar, Ondes martenot
Sun
19
Mar
2023
<em>Turangalîla-Symphonie</em>
Program To Include
  • Messiaen, Turangalîla-symphonie
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
  • Cynthia Millar, Ondes martenot
Thu
23
Mar
2023
Bach&rsquo;s <em>St. Matthew Passion</em>
Program To Include
  • J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor (Evangelist)
  • Davóne Tines, Bass
  • Amanda Forsythe, Soprano
  • Tamara Mumford, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Paul Appleby, Tenor
  • Philippe Sly, Bass-Baritone
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director, Chorus
Fri
24
Mar
2023
Bach&rsquo;s <em>St. Matthew Passion</em>
Program To Include
  • J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor (Evangelist)
  • Davóne Tines, Bass
  • Amanda Forsythe, Soprano
  • Tamara Mumford, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Paul Appleby, Tenor
  • Philippe Sly, Bass-Baritone
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director, Chorus
Sat
25
Mar
2023
Bach&rsquo;s <em>St. Matthew Passion</em>
Program To Include
  • J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor (Evangelist)
  • Davóne Tines, Bass
  • Amanda Forsythe, Soprano
  • Tamara Mumford, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Paul Appleby, Tenor
  • Philippe Sly, Bass-Baritone
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director, Chorus
Thu
1
Jun
2023
Julia Wolfe’s <em>unEarth</em>
Program To Include
  • Sibelius, Violin Concerto
  • Julia Wolfe, unEarth (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Frank Huang, Violin
  • The Crossing
        Donald Nally, director, Chorus
  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City
        Francisco J. Núñez, director, Chorus
  • Anne Kauffman, Director (Wolfe)
Fri
2
Jun
2023
Julia Wolfe’s <em>unEarth</em>
Program To Include
  • Sibelius, Violin Concerto
  • Julia Wolfe, unEarth (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Frank Huang, Violin
  • The Crossing
        Donald Nally, director, Chorus
  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City
        Francisco J. Núñez, director, Chorus
  • Anne Kauffman, Director (Wolfe)
Sat
3
Jun
2023
Julia Wolfe’s <em>unEarth</em>
Program To Include
  • Sibelius, Violin Concerto
  • Julia Wolfe, unEarth (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Frank Huang, Violin
  • The Crossing
        Donald Nally, director, Chorus
  • Young People’s Chorus of New York City
        Francisco J. Núñez, director, Chorus
  • Anne Kauffman, Director (Wolfe)
Thu
8
Jun
2023
From Water to Desert
Program To Include
  • Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • Takemitsu, I hear the water dreaming
  • John Luther Adams, Become Desert (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Robert Langevin, Flute
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
Fri
9
Jun
2023
From Water to Desert
Program To Include
  • Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • Takemitsu, I hear the water dreaming
  • John Luther Adams, Become Desert (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Robert Langevin, Flute
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
Sat
10
Jun
2023
From Water to Desert
Program To Include
  • Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • Takemitsu, I hear the water dreaming
  • John Luther Adams, Become Desert (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Robert Langevin, Flute
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
Tue
13
Jun
2023
Concerts in the Parks: Van Cortlandt Park
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
Wed
14
Jun
2023
Concerts in the Parks: Central Park
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
Thu
15
Jun
2023
Concerts in the Parks: Cunningham Park
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
Fri
16
Jun
2023
Concerts in the Parks: Prospect Park
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
Sun
18
Jun
2023
Free Indoor Concert
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
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