New York Philharmonic’s Jaap van Zweden to step down in 2024

Posted on: September 16, 2021

“Jaap van Zweden, the New York Philharmonic’s hard-charging music director, announced on Wednesday that he would leave his post at the end of the 2023-24 season,” writes Javier C. Hernández in Wednesday’s (9/15) New York Times. “Van Zweden, 60, said in an interview that the upheaval of the pandemic had prompted him to reconsider his relationship with the orchestra, which he has led since 2018, as well as with his family, which he rarely got to see during his globe-trotting days before the Covid crisis…. He spent much of the past 18 months in the Netherlands, his home country…. Freed from an intense performing schedule during lockdown … van Zweden underwent something of a transformation. At one point, he contracted Covid. He began to focus on his health, losing about 70 pounds. He tried his hand at composing, and listened to more popular music…. He spent more time with his family…. He also put new energy into his foundation, which is focused on using music to help families of children with autism…. Van Zweden said … his contract with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is also set to expire in 2024, at which point he says he will step down there, too.”