Dallas Symphony’s van Zweden among Musical America honorees

Posted on: November 4, 2011

In Friday’s (11/4) Dallas Business Journal, Bill Hethcock writes, “Jaap van Zweden, music director for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has been named conductor of the year by Musical America. Van Zweden, who joined the symphony four years ago, received the honor for his work with the DSO and as guest conductor with some of the nation’s most prestigious orchestras. ‘This great award from Musical America comes at a thrilling time in the Dallas Symphony’s development,’ van Zweden said. ‘Dallas musicians have been inspired by the sense of civic pride invested in their work, and that in turn inspires me to work even harder and give my absolute best.’ … Jaap debuted with the DSO in 2006 and began his tenure as music director at the start of the 2008-09 season. In addition to his position with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, he is chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras and chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgium.” The Dallas Symphony will host the next League of American Orchestras Conference on June 5-8, 2012. The other Musical America awardees this year are cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, sharing Musician of the Year; Meredith Monk, Composer of the Year; violinist Gil Shaham, Instrumentalist of the Year; and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Vocalist of the Year. The annual Musical America awards will be presented in a ceremony at Lincoln Center on December 5.


Posted November 4, 2011