Jaap van Zweden
Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. Acclaimed for the intensity of his performances and the depth and clarity of his musicianship, he has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and is also Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Radio Chamber Orchestras (having been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from 2005-2011). He works as a guest with the most prestigious orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and London Philharmonic Orchestra, and has appeared at the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall and the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals. Future plans include his subscription debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestras. In November 2011 van Zweden was named as the recipient of Musical America's Conductor of the Year Award 2012 in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.