Music Director Jaap van Zweden

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography
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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, and becomes Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic in 2024. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and other distinguished ensembles.

In 2023–24, Jaap van Zweden’s New York Philharmonic farewell season will celebrate his connection with the Orchestra’s musicians as he leads performances in which six Principal players appear as concerto soloists. He also revisits the oeuvres of composers he has championed at the Philharmonic, ranging from Steve Reich and Joel Thompson to Mozart, conducting the Requiem, and Mahler, leading the Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. By the conclusion of his Philharmonic tenure, which has included the reopening of the transformed David Geffen Hall, he will have led the Orchestra in World, US, and New York Premieres of 31 works. Among them are pieces commissioned through Project 19 — which marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment with new works by 19 women composers, among them Tania León’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Stride. During the 2021–22 season, when David Geffen Hall was closed for renovation, he conducted the Orchestra at other New York City venues — including his first-ever Philharmonic appearances at Carnegie Hall — and in the residency at the Usedom Music Festival, where the New York Philharmonic was the first American orchestra to perform abroad since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic inaugurated the new David Geffen Hall in October 2022 with HOME, a monthlong housewarming for the Orchestra and its audiences. Other 2022–23 season highlights include SPIRIT, a musical expression of the trials and triumphs of the human spirit featuring performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and EARTH, a response to the climate crisis that includes Julia Wolfe’s unEarth and John Luther Adams’s Become Desert. Over the course of David Geffen Hall’s inaugural season, he is conducting repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Bruckner to premieres by Marcos Balter, Etienne Charles, Caroline Shaw, and Carlos Simon, in addition to the works by Wolfe and Adams.

Jaap van Zweden’s New York Philharmonic recordings include the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state (2020), and Wolfe’s Grammy-nominated Fire in my mouth (2019), both released on the Decca Gold label. He conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic in first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, released 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, at age 19, was appointed the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. In April 2023, van Zweden receives the Concertgebouw Prize, for exceptional contributions to that organization’s artistic profile. He remains Conductor Emeritus of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13); he also served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18). Under his leadership, the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year in 2019. He 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.

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, more recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

Upcoming 2023-2024 Performances
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Wed
13
Mar
2024
Beethoven’s Fifth, Mozart, and Conrad Tao
7:30 PM Concert CYO

Beethoven’s Fifth, Mozart, and Conrad Tao

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Fe. Mendelssohn, The Hebrides Overture
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 17
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Conrad Tao, Piano
Thu
14
Mar
2024
Beethoven’s Fifth, Mozart, and Conrad Tao
7:30 PM Concert CYO

Beethoven’s Fifth, Mozart, and Conrad Tao

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Fe. Mendelssohn, The Hebrides Overture
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 17
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Conrad Tao, Piano
Sat
16
Mar
2024
Beethoven’s Fifth, Mozart, and Conrad Tao
8:00 PM Concert CYO

Beethoven’s Fifth, Mozart, and Conrad Tao

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Fe. Mendelssohn, The Hebrides Overture
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 17
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Conrad Tao, Piano
Tue
19
Mar
2024
Beethoven’s Fifth, Mozart, and Conrad Tao
7:30 PM Concert CYO

Beethoven’s Fifth, Mozart, and Conrad Tao

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Fe. Mendelssohn, The Hebrides Overture
  • Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 17
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Conrad Tao, Piano
Thu
21
Mar
2024
Mendelssohn, Tan Dun, and Joel Thompson
7:30 PM Concert CYO

Mendelssohn, Tan Dun, and Joel Thompson

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Joel Thompson, To See the Sky (World Premiere–NY Phil Co-Commission with the American Composers Forum, Atlanta Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Bravo! Vail Music Festival)
  • Tan Dun, Trombone Concerto: Three Muses in Video Game (New York Premiere)
  • Fe. Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3, Scottish
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Joseph Alessi, Trombone
Sat
23
Mar
2024
Mendelssohn, Tan Dun, and Joel Thompson
8:00 PM Concert CYO

Mendelssohn, Tan Dun, and Joel Thompson

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Joel Thompson, To See the Sky (World Premiere–NY Phil Co-Commission with the American Composers Forum, Atlanta Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Bravo! Vail Music Festival)
  • Tan Dun, Trombone Concerto: Three Muses in Video Game (New York Premiere)
  • Fe. Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3, Scottish
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Joseph Alessi, Trombone
Sun
24
Mar
2024
Mendelssohn, Tan Dun, and Joel Thompson
2:00 PM Concert CYO

Mendelssohn, Tan Dun, and Joel Thompson

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Joel Thompson, To See the Sky (World Premiere–NY Phil Co-Commission with the American Composers Forum, Atlanta Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Bravo! Vail Music Festival)
  • Tan Dun, Trombone Concerto: Three Muses in Video Game (New York Premiere)
  • Fe. Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3, Scottish
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Joseph Alessi, Trombone
Thu
23
May
2024
Donor Rehearsal: The Mozart Requiem and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto
9:45 AM Concert

Donor Rehearsal: The Mozart Requiem

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Sofia Gubaidulina, Viola Concerto
  • Mozart, Requiem
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Antoine Tamestit, Viola
  • Amanda Forsythe, Soprano
  • Cecelia Hall, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor
  • Michael Sumuel, Bass-Baritone
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director, Chorus
Thu
23
May
2024
The Mozart Requiem and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto
7:30 PM Concert CYO

The Mozart Requiem

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Sofia Gubaidulina, Viola Concerto
  • Mozart, Requiem
  • Mozart, Ave Verum Corpus
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Antoine Tamestit, Viola
  • Amanda Forsythe, Soprano
  • Cecelia Hall, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor
  • Michael Sumuel, Bass-Baritone
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director, Chorus
Fri
24
May
2024
The Mozart Requiem and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto
8:00 PM Concert CYO

The Mozart Requiem

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Sofia Gubaidulina, Viola Concerto
  • Mozart, Requiem
  • Mozart, Ave Verum Corpus
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Antoine Tamestit, Viola
  • Amanda Forsythe, Soprano
  • Cecelia Hall, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor
  • Michael Sumuel, Bass-Baritone
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director, Chorus
Sat
25
May
2024
The Mozart Requiem and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto
8:00 PM Concert CYO

The Mozart Requiem

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Sofia Gubaidulina, Viola Concerto
  • Mozart, Requiem
  • Mozart, Ave Verum Corpus
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Antoine Tamestit, Viola
  • Amanda Forsythe, Soprano
  • Cecelia Hall, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor
  • Michael Sumuel, Bass-Baritone
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director, Chorus
Mon
27
May
2024
Free Memorial Day Concert
7:00 PM Concert

Free Memorial Day Concert

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Wagner, Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Copland, Quiet City
  • Brahms, Symphony No. 4
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Ryan Roberts, English Horn
  • Christopher Martin, Trumpet
Tue
28
May
2024
The Mozart Requiem and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto
7:30 PM Concert CYO

The Mozart Requiem

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Sofia Gubaidulina, Viola Concerto
  • Mozart, Requiem
  • Mozart, Ave Verum Corpus
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Antoine Tamestit, Viola
  • Amanda Forsythe, Soprano
  • Cecelia Hall, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor
  • Michael Sumuel, Bass-Baritone
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director, Chorus
Thu
30
May
2024
Donor Rehearsal: Igor Levit and Stars of the NY Phil
9:45 AM Concert

Donor Rehearsal: Igor Levit and Stars of the NY Phil

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Mozart, Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
  • Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings
  • Brahms, Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Frank Huang, Violin
  • Sheryl Staples, Violin
  • Cynthia Phelps, Viola
  • Carter Brey, Cello
  • Christopher Martin, Trumpet
  • Igor Levit, Piano
Thu
30
May
2024
Igor Levit and Stars of the NY Phil
7:30 PM Concert CYO

Igor Levit and Stars of the NY Phil

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Mozart, Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
  • Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings
  • Brahms, Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Frank Huang, Violin
  • Sheryl Staples, Violin
  • Cynthia Phelps, Viola
  • Carter Brey, Cello
  • Christopher Martin, Trumpet
  • Igor Levit, Piano
Fri
31
May
2024
Igor Levit and Stars of the NY Phil
11:00 AM Concert CYO

Igor Levit and Stars of the NY Phil

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Mozart, Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
  • Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings
  • Brahms, Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Frank Huang, Violin
  • Sheryl Staples, Violin
  • Cynthia Phelps, Viola
  • Carter Brey, Cello
  • Christopher Martin, Trumpet
  • Igor Levit, Piano
Sat
1
Jun
2024
Igor Levit and Stars of the NY Phil
8:00 PM Concert CYO

Igor Levit and Stars of the NY Phil

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Mozart, Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
  • Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings
  • Brahms, Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Frank Huang, Violin
  • Sheryl Staples, Violin
  • Cynthia Phelps, Viola
  • Carter Brey, Cello
  • Christopher Martin, Trumpet
  • Igor Levit, Piano
Thu
6
Jun
2024
Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler’s <em>Resurrection</em> Symphony
7:30 PM Concert CYO

Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Mahler, Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Soprano
  • Ekaterina Gubanova, Mezzo-Soprano
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
Fri
7
Jun
2024
Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler’s <em>Resurrection</em> Symphony
8:00 PM Concert CYO

Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Mahler, Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Soprano
  • Ekaterina Gubanova, Mezzo-Soprano
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
Sat
8
Jun
2024
Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler’s <em>Resurrection</em> Symphony
8:00 PM Concert CYO

Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Mahler, Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Soprano
  • Ekaterina Gubanova, Mezzo-Soprano
  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director
    , Chorus
Wed
17
Jul
2024
Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden and Hilary Hahn
6:00 PM

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden and Hilary Hahn

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Beethoven, Violin Concerto
  • Copland, Third Symphony
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Hilary Hahn, Violin
Fri
19
Jul
2024
Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden, Igor Levit, and Christopher Martin
6:00 PM

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden, Igor Levit, and Christopher Martin

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1, Classical
  • Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings
  • Fe. Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3, Scottish
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Christopher Martin, Trumpet
  • Igor Levit, Piano
Sat
20
Jul
2024
Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden Conducts Wagner, Joel Thompson, and Brahms
6:00 PM

Bravo! Vail: Jaap van Zweden Conducts Wagner, Joel Thompson, and Brahms

Program and artists
Program To Include
  • Wagner, Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Joel Thompson, To See the Sky (World Premiere–NY Phil Co-Commission with the American Composers Forum, Atlanta Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Bravo! Vail Music Festival)
  • Brahms, Symphony No. 4
Artists
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
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