Jaap Van Zweden: 'Conductor of the Year'

3rd November 2011, Comments 0 comments

A US professional jury has proclaimed Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden Conductor of the Year 2012. The award will be presented to Mr Van Zweden at a gala in New York on 5 December.

Jaap van Zweden is currently chief conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is often invited as a guest conductor by the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

"I feel greatly honoured but also slightly bewildered to have been chosen as Conductor of The Year. Not in the least because I’m aware that the jury consisted of highly professional colluegues,” Mr Van Zweden said in a first reaction.

The award is an initiative of the Musical America, a publisher of leading music magazines. Earlier recipients of the prize include Bernard Haitink, Simon Rattle, Leonard Bernstein and Riccardo Muti.

The prestigious award coincides with Mr Van Zweden’s departure as chief conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra which he joined in 2005. He will conduct the orchestra for the last time in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 12 November.


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