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Who Is Jaap Van Zweden?

Newspaper article International New York Times

Who Is Jaap Van Zweden?

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Some key facts about the Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden, starting with how to pronounce his name.

The New York Philharmonic announced on Wednesday that the Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden would be its next music director. Here are some key facts about him.

First things first It's pronounced Yahp van ZVAY-den.

Current jobs Music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he's significantly lifted the level of playing since starting in 2008, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

When he starts In 2017 -- sort of. He will be "music director designate" for the 2017-18 season, then officially takes over in fall 2018. His contract lasts until 2023.

His specialties He's known for intense performances of the standard repertory -- classics like Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovich -- more than contemporary music. …

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