28. January 2016 · Comments Off on NY Phil’s New Conductor Named · Categories: News

The nation’s oldest orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, announced the appointment of its 26th music director Wednesday. Following in the path of Gustav Mahler, Arturo Toscanini and Leonard Bernstein is a 55-year-old Dutch conductor: Jaap van Zweden. (That’s pronounced “Yahp fahn ZVAY-den.”)

He will succeed music director Alan Gilbert, who announced his departure last February. The vacancy at the New York Philharmonic was also the last open position at a major orchestra in the United States — in the last few years, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra have all hired new music directors or principal conductors. Van Zweden’s five-year contract in New York marks the end to an era of head-hunting among prominent American orchestras.

Van Zweden, who begins his tenure in the fall of 2018, is a violinist by training. At the age of 19, he was the youngest concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

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