Wednesday, January 27, 2016

NY Phil Appoints Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden
NY Philharmonic Photo

Jaap van Zweden, currently music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic, will be the next music director of the New York Philharmonic, succeeding Alan Gilbert. (Link is to the press release.)

Van Zweden starts his term in 2018-19 and will be music director designate in 2017-18. During that season, he will be leading several weeks of programs at the NYPO.

Van Zweden is currently recording Wagner's Ring in live concerts for Naxos with the HKP; Das Rheingold has already been released and Die Walkuere was just recorded within the last couple of weeks. It is of even more interest to me now. The singers include Matthias Goerne (Wotan), Stuart Skelton (Siegmund), Heidi Melton (Sieglinde), and Michelle deYoung (Fricka).

The conductor was in the news a couple of years ago owing to reports of clashes with the musicians in Dallas. When speculation started about who would succeed Gilbert, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim more or less said, do not hire someone who has musician problems. 

Van Zweden studied at Juilliard and was appointed concertmaster of the Concertgebouw at the astonishingly young age of 19, becoming a conductor in his late 30s. He's now 55.

Related coverage:

Updated list of open spots (I removed the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra because Jansons re-upped for another five years; thank you, Immanuel!):
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra (when Jaap van Zweden takes up his new post at the NYPO)
  • City of Birmingham SO (Rumors of Edward Gardner; suggestion made that Mirga Grazintye-Tyla is also a strong possibility)
  • Milwaukee Symphony
  • Hong Kong Philharmonic
  • Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Orchestra Nationale de France
  • Vienna Staatsoper / VPO (Dominique Meyer not planning to appoint a WSO MD; his contract expires in 2020.)

And closed:
  • New York Philharmonic; Jaap Van Zweden appointed, 1/27/16, succeeding Alan Gilbert
  • National Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda appointed, 1/4/2016, succeeding Christoph Eschenbach.
  • Leipzig Gewandhaus: Andris Nelsons appointed, 9/9/2015
  • LSO: Simon Rattle appointed, 3/2/2015
  • Orchestra de Paris: Daniel Harding, 6/11/2015
  • Berlin Philharmonic: Kirill Petrenko appointed, 6/22/2015
  • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard succeeds Donald Runnicles in September, 2016


Immanuel Gilen said...

I don't think the BRSO is open - you gave me a scare there...

Lisa Hirsch said...

Thanks; clearly I picked up speculation from somewhere AND missed the announcement about Jansons.

Anonymous said...

If you're collecting them, here's my review of van Zweden at the SFS.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Thanks; linked in my article.

Alex Ross said...

Mirga Grazintye-Tyla is at least a strong possibility at the CBSO, and I think she'd be a great choice.

Lisa Hirsch said...

As strong a possibility as Gardner? That would be interesting - I have not heard her conduct yet, alas, though I have of course read the glowing reviews.

Zwölftöner said...

Dominique Meyer has said to the local press that he won't appoint another music director at the Wiener Staats. The earliest that would change is 2020, when Meyer's contract is up (it doesn't look like he'll be renewed).

Grazintye-Tyla guested with the RSO Wien week the other week and was superb.

Lisa Hirsch said...

That is amazing about the Staatoper. I will so note.

I need to catch Crzintye-Tyla before she leaves California, obviously.

Lisa Hirsch said...

And....Alex Ross gets it right on the CBSO!

She conducted there last fall and the orchestra was so impressed they set up a special concert for her to come back and conduct.