The Hong Kong Philharmonic rolled out its next season today, much of it conducted by music director Jaap Van Zweden.
Behind the scenes, trouble brews. Before lockdown we hear that the musicians held a vote on the music director and came down 60-40 against renewing his contract. It is not clear if the vote was advisory or binding.
Despite the vote, we understand Van Zweden has been offered a new contract up to 2024.
We contacted the orchestra management for a comment and were told: ‘We will announce about the music director later this year.’ They blanked the question on the musicians’ vote.
Jaap Van Zweden is also music director of the New York Philharmonic.