Dvořák and Jessie Montgomery
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Project 19

CANCELLED: Dvořák and Jessie Montgomery


David Geffen Hall

Price Range


Date & Times


Sep, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Sep, 2020

Friday, 2:00 PM


Sep, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Sep, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Lisa Batiashvili returns to perform Szymanowski’s shimmering violin concerto, inspired by Debussy and Ravel, a sumptuous score that sends the violin soaring into the stratosphere. Jaap van Zweden also conducts Dvořák’s Seventh, whose Bohemian rhythms and melodic riches make it one of his most beloved works, and a World Premiere by Jessie Montgomery, part of Project 19 ’s second season.

Program To Include

Jessie Montgomery

New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)



Violin Concerto No. 1



Symphony No. 7


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden


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, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

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 a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

Learn more about Jaap van Zweden

Lisa Batiashvili


Lisa Batiashvili


Lisa Batiashvili


Lisa Batiashvili, the Georgian-born German violinist, is praised by audiences and fellow musicians for her virtuosity. The award-winning artist has developed long-standing relationships with the world’s leading orchestras, conductors, and musicians.

In the 2019–20 season, Ms. Batiashvili performs with, among others, the The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim, London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, Orchestre de Paris and Lahav Shani, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and Paavo Järvi.

Lisa Batiashvili is artistic director of Audi Sommerkonzerte, Ingolstadt. For the 2019 festival she curated a diverse program featuring artists including Daniel Harding with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gautier Capuçon, Les Vents Français, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. For the summer of 2020, she is designing a program to celebrate Audi’s anniversary year.

Ms. Batiashvili records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. Her Visions of Prokofiev (with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Nezet-Seguin) won an Opus Klassik Award and was shortlisted for the 2018 Gramophone Awards. Earlier recordings include concertos by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius (Staatskapelle Berlin and Barenboim), Brahms (Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann), and Shostakovich No. 1 (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen).  

Her many honors include the MIDEM Classical Award, Choc de l’année, Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award, and the Beethoven-Ring. She was named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2015, nominated as Gramophone’s Artist of the Year in 2017, and in 2018 awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (University of Arts, Helsinki).

Lisa Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” from 1739, generously loaned by a private collector.

Learn more about Lisa Batiashvili

Special Thanks
Lead support for Project 19 is provided by the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Mr. Oscar L. Tang.

Generous support is also provided by Sheree A. and Gerald L. Friedman; The Hauser Foundation; The Gerald L. Lennard Foundation; Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa; Kimberly V. Strauss, The Strauss Foundation; the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; and an anonymous donor.

Project 19 is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

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