Jaap van Zweden

Initials J.
Member of Society of Arts


Van Zweden (born in 1960) has had two careers in succession. He began as a violinist and, after winning the Netherlands’ Oskar Back competition, became the youngest-ever concertmaster with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the age of 19. Starting in 1995, he devoted himself entirely to conducting. He began with the Orkest van het Oosten in the Netherlands, but by now has become a world-famous guest conductor who is much in demand. He became the music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2008, and is also the music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner.

He and his wife Aaltje have established the Papageno Foundation, which supports children with autism. Jaap van Zweden is very interested in music education and child development.

Van Zweden received Musical America’s Conductor of the Year Award for 2012.