Thursday, November 3, 2011 , Updated 4:13 p.m., December 6, 2011
UPDATEDx2: Dallas Symphony Orchestra maestro named Conductor of the Year
Dallas' mayor believes Jaap van Zweden has contributed greatly to our growing arts center.
DALLAS As we mentioned briefly on Thursday, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Maestro Jaap van Zweden was named conductor of the year by Musical America, a publication that writes about the international performing arts community. Van Zweden will accept the award in New York at
Carnegie Hall Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse on December 5.
[UPDATE: The DSO incorrectly stated the awards ceremony would be at Carnegie Hall. It's been corrected.]
“This great award from Musical America comes at a thrilling time in the Dallas Symphony’s development,” said van Zweden in a press release. “Dallas musicians have been inspired by the sense of civic pride invested in their work, and that in turn inspires me to work even harder and give my absolute best. This recognition is not only a wonderful honor for us all, but demonstrates the opportunity DSO presents to Dallas.”
Van Zweden has been with the DSO since 2006. He's also chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras and chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgium.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says Van Zweden has "contributed greatly to Dallas’ reputation as a growing international cultural center."
UPDATE x2: Here's a photo of Van Zweden accepting his award:
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