MUSIC DIRECTOR DESIGNATE JAAP VAN ZWEDEN AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
MARCH 8–18, 2018
JAAP VAN ZWEDEN’S FIRST INTERNATIONAL TOUR WITH THE ORCHESTRA
BEIJING, KYOTO, TOKYO, NAGOYA, and TAIPEI
YUJA WANG To Perform BRAHMS’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and PROKOFIEV’s Piano Concerto No. 3
RYU GOTO To Perform MENDELSSOHN’s Violin Concerto in His Philharmonic Debut
JAAP VAN ZWEDEN TO CONDUCT
STRAVINSKY’s The Rite of Spring
MAHLER’s Symphony No. 5
WAGENAAR’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture
NEW YORK — Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden will lead the New York Philharmonic on the ASIA 2018 tour, March 8–18, 2018. The ten-day tour — Jaap van Zweden’s first international tour with the Orchestra — will feature eight concerts in five cities. The Orchestra will perform in Beijing, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Taipei. The soloists on the tour are Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang and Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto.
Jaap van Zweden will lead the New York Philharmonic in Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, and J. Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture. Yuja Wang will join Maestro van Zweden and the Orchestra for Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Ryu Goto will join Maestro van Zweden and the Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in his Philharmonic debut. The Orchestra will perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing; Kyoto Concert Hall in Kyoto; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; Nagoya Shimin Kaikan in Nagoya; and National Theater & Concert Hall in Taipei.
“I have loved making music with this exceptional Orchestra ever since my debut six years ago, and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with them in the intensive, immersive context of a tour,” said Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden. “The brilliant musicians of the New York Philharmonic bring insight to Mahler, beauty to Brahms, and, to all, admirable discipline and astounding virtuosity and passion. I also look forward to reuniting with Yuja Wang and working with Ryu Goto, and to revisiting Asia, whose sophisticated audience I’ve gotten to know over the years.”
“The New York Philharmonic is a global orchestra,” said President and CEO Deborah Borda. “Our players hail from around the world, including the cities we’ll be visiting in March, and our extensive touring history includes many visits to Asia — we gave our first concert in Tokyo in 1961, first visited Taipei in 1984, and made our Beijing debut, which I remember, in 1998. And on this trip, audiences will be among the first to discover Jaap van Zweden’s chemistry with the New York Philharmonic.”
The New York Philharmonic has traveled to Tokyo 14 times and Nagoya 11 times since 1961, the Philharmonic’s first appearances in Asia, led by then Music Director Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra has toured to Taipei seven times beginning in 1984, led by then Music Director Zubin Mehta. The ASIA 2018 tour will not only mark the Orchestra’s fourth trip to Beijing since its debut there in 1998, when it performed for the first time in The Great Hall of the People, led by then Music Director Kurt Masur; it will also mark the Orchestra’s return to the stage of the National Centre for the Performing Arts after its first performance there in 2008, led by then Music Director Lorin Maazel. The tour will also mark the Orchestra’s fifth visit to Kyoto.