In a strong indication of where Amsterdam is looking for its next conductor, Jaap Van Zweden has just been awarded the annual Concertgebouw Prize.
Citation: ‘Jaap van Zweden has been intimately associated with the Concertgebouw from an early age. As an Amsterdam child he performed several times, won the Oskar Back Competition there in 1977, was concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra from the age of 19 and later performed as a conductor with various orchestras. As chief conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, he gave many unforgettable performances. The concertante Wagner operas are dear to many music lovers. Van Zweden is now one of the most celebrated conductors of his generation internationally.’
Van Zweden, 58, is music director of the New York Philharmonic and in Hong Kong.#