Award to be celebrated January 26-29 at Meyerson Symphony Center

DALLAS, TX (Dec. 6, 2011) – Jaap van Zweden, Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) brilliant Music Director, was presented with the prestigious Musical America Conductor of the Year Award 2012 last night in New York City. Maestro van Zweden received the award for his critically acclaimed work with the DSO and as guest conductor with some of the nation’s most esteemed orchestras. In past years, this honor has gone to such world renowned conductors as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Osmo Vänskä and Marin Alsop.

“This is a first for Dallas and the DSO,” said Blaine L. Nelson, DSO Board Chairman. “Jaap is a singular talent. He has elevated our classical performances to a dazzling new level. Audiences are enchanted with his passion, spontaneity and musical vision, and DSO’s musicians are inspired by his direction.”

“It is a great honor for me to receive this prestigious award. This recognition comes at a thrilling stage in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s development,” said van Zweden. “I believe the Dallas Symphony has been re-energized and is playing at a world-class level. Commentators in the U.S. and beyond now recognize the quality of what we are doing, and this award gives us additional validation.”

The DSO and all of Dallas will celebrate Maestro van Zweden’s award during his January 26-29 concerts of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, The Great C Major. He will be presented with a proclamation from City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

“This is truly an extraordinary honor for Maestro van Zweden and the DSO,” said Mayor Rawlings. “Under Jaap’s magical direction Dallas is blessed to have one of the best symphonies in the country. His accomplishment brings us international attention and adds to our growing reputation as a cultural center.”

Jaap debuted with the DSO as a Guest Conductor in 2006 and began his tenure as its Music Director at the start of the 2008-2009 season. In addition to his position with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, he is chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgium, and has just completed service as chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras.

He is a highly sought-after guest conductor, having worked with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, Gothenburg Symphony, WDR Symphony Cologne, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic, among others.

 

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