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.Saturday, 4 May, 2013, 5:48am 1 comment
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
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
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
Welcome, Jaap!Hong Kong PhilharmonicHK Cultural Centre Concert HallReviewed: September 281 Oct 2012 - 3:58am
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24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am
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
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
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
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