Today we announced details of our ten-day Asia tour next month, led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden. His first international tour with the Orchestra will feature eight concerts in five cities: Beijing, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Taipei.
“Touring is a wonderful vehicle not only to share our music-making with audiences around the world but also to deepen our musical relationship,” Jaap says. “It gives us a rare opportunity to grow and bond.”
It’s a sentiment shared by Philharmonic cellist Nathan Vickery: “We can develop a better understanding of what Jaap is showing us in the moment onstage. The only way to do that is by spending time together. The rapport we build on this tour can set us up to be really on the top of our game when he becomes Music Director this September.”
The soloists on the tour are Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang (performing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3) and Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto (performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto). Jaap will also conduct Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (which New York audiences will get to hear in his opening concerts as Music Director in September), Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, and J. Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture.