Jaap van Zweden NY Philharmonic May – June 2022 Performances
May 6: New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall
8:00 PM Concert
This concert at Carnegie Hall includes Brahms’s quintessentially Romantic concerto that awes with its grand scale, passionate emotion, and muscular piano writing; Igor Levit, “one of the essential artists of his generation” (The New York Times), is the soloist. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, which thrills with its virtuosity, vast palette of orchestral colors, and folk-dance rhythms.
May 12 – May 14: After the Storm: Mozart, Beethoven, and Nina Shekhar
Concertmaster Frank Huang solos in Mozart’s most popular violin concerto, nicknamed Turkish for the strings’ imitation of the drums of Ottoman soldiers. Jaap van Zweden also conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, a colorful canvas of nature — complete with birds, brooks, and breezes — and Nina Shekhar’s prize-winning 2020 musical exploration of the spectrum from darkness to light.
About 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.
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.