Jaap Van Zweden

Hong Kong maestro to conduct Berlin Philharmonic for first time

Jaap van Zweden rehearses in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Jaap van Zweden, music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, will visit Berlin by invitation next week to conduct three concerts in place of Amsterdam Concertgebouw chief conductor Mariss Jansons, who has taken ill. The Dutch maestro will conduct a fourth concert in Amsterdam.

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Jaap van Zweden puts fresh manpower into Mahler

Jaap van Zweden. Photo: Warton Li

The Mahler work alluded to in this concert's title was his Symphony No 1, Titan. There's some logic to being non-specific. Many posit that when you've heard one Mahler symphony you've heard them all. To wit: a recurrent interchange of artlessness, Austrian folk-song, chorales, wonderment in nature and a morbid obsession with death.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

Setting the stage: For conductor Jaap van Zweden, timing is everything

Jaap van Zweden

Being one of the world's most renowned conductors, Jaap van Zweden is well aware of the difference even the slightest change in timing can make. "If you walk on stage and start too early, you can destroy a whole evening. If you wait too long, you can also destroy a whole evening.

12 Nov 2012 - 1:34pm

Jaap van Zweden raises roof with first HK Phil concert

Fredric Mao, Tsang Tak-sing, Bonny Wong and Y.S. Liu

The four-in-one function at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre last Friday was a busy event: it launched the city's flagship orchestra with a new brand identity and introduced its new music director, along with celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:18am

HK Philharmonic's Jaap van Zweden makes strong debut

Welcome, Jaap!Hong Kong PhilharmonicHK Cultural Centre Concert HallReviewed: September 28

1 Oct 2012 - 3:58am

Who said it?

Jaap van Zweden

He's going to have fewer one night stands with other orchestras

HK Philharmonic's Michael MacLeod on the work commitments of new conductor Jaap van Zweden


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24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am

Jaap van Zweden sets bar high for Hong Kong Philharmonic

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra rehearses with conductor Jaap van Zweden, left, on November 17, 2011. Photo: SCMP

When his appointment as the new music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra was formally announced this year, Jaap van Zweden addressed reporters via a televised link from Amsterdam with a warm smile - an attribute largely absent from his publicity shots - and a twinkle in the eye, on suggesting that the city's flagship ensemble might one day become "the Berlin Philharmonic of Asia".

25 Sep 2012 - 3:24pm

HK Phil heralds life under its new maestro

The city's flagship orchestra is ushering in a new era that will feature more than a change of music director: it is looking forward to securing a new resident conductor and a full chorus.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra yesterday launched the inaugural year of musical chief Jaap van Zweden along with its announcement of the 2012-13 season starting in September.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bowing out with warm words of praise

Dutch maestro Edo de Waart is leaving Hong Kong's flagship orchestra with fond memories and a few regrets after eight years in charge.

De Waart, artistic director and chief conductor of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, said it was 'somewhat melancholy' for him to bid farewell to the city and orchestra he joined in 2004.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Van Zweden is Phil's new conductor

After a two-year search, the Hong Kong Philharmonic announced yesterday the appointment of Dutch maestro Jaap van Zweden as its eighth music director since it turned professional in 1974.

He will succeed his compatriot Edo de Waart, who for eight years has steered the orchestra to artistic acclaim and popularity.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Phil's incoming director gets seal of approval

Musicians at the city's flagship orchestra are generally upbeat about Jaap van Zweden's appointment as the new artistic director.

The Dutch musician, who will join the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra from the 2012-2013 season, is one of the classical music world's most sought-after conductors.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lack of firepower marred war epics

Before and After Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Date reviewed: November 26

The laconic title for this concert presumably referred to the fact that the works on offer were written either side of the second world war.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Before and After

Jaap van Zweden conducts Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma (left) and the HK Philharmonic Orchestra performing Britten's Violin Concerto and Prokofiev's Symphony No 5. Nov 25-26, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$120-HK$320 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 2030

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Brahms blows in upon the wings of van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden -The Essential I Hong Kong Cultural Centre Saturday

Every now and then a performance connects like a breath of fresh air as a reminder that classical music concerts in Hong Kong really are worth turning out for on a Saturday night.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Defining moment for maestro

One of the conductors vying for the post of artistic director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has scooped a top international award.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am