Conductor Jaap van Zweden becomes chief of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Jaap van Zweden becomes chief of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Jaap van Zweden becomes chief of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Dutch top conductor Jaap van Zweden will become chief of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) in South Korea from 2024. The orchestra reports that on Monday Twitter. The 61-year-old top conductor will be ‘music director’ at the New York Philharmonic until 2024 and chief conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

The conductor confirms his new appointment in de Volkskrant. “Seoul is one of the three best orchestras in the Far East, along with Hong Kong and NHK in Tokyo,” he says. In a press release, Sohn Eun-kyung, director of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, said she hopes the “SPO can establish itself as a world-class orchestra with the appointment of this top conductor as its new music director.”

Van Sweden previously said in an interview with NRC that his body “will not last for decades to conduct.” Due to an overloaded right shoulder and a large burn, he said he had to take more rest. „The last twenty years has been a rat race. Such an accident forces me to think about what else I want in life.” A biography about his life and successful career will be published in November, called That’s Jack!written by Peter van Ingen.

Also read this interview with conductor Jaap van Zweden: ‘Corona has changed me a lot’


The article is in Dutch

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