To Mariss Jansonsʼ great regret, he has been advised by his doctors to cancel his concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker on 8, 9 and 10 May 2013 in Berlin, and on 12 May in Amsterdam. A change in his medication and a series of tests require him to take a break from conducting. He will be replaced by Jaap van Zweden for the concerts in both cities. For his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the programme has been slightly changed: Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra will be performed instead of his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Johannes Brahmsʼ First Symphony will be performed as originally planned.
Jaap van Zweden, who has become a much sought-after conductor internationally over the past 15 years, is music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (since 2008) and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (from 2012). Previously, he was chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in Enschede (1996 to 2000), the Residentie Orkest in The Hague (2000 to 2005) and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (2008 to 2011). Jaap van Zweden is honorary chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, which he led from 2005 to 2011. As a guest conductor he has appeared with many prestigious orchestras.
In addition to his extensive symphonic repertoire, van Zweden also conducts operatic works, particularly in the Netherlands. Born in Amsterdam in 1960, Jaap van Zweden began his musical career as a violinist. He studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy DeLay. As early as 1979, he was concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a post he held until 1995. He was named Conductor of the Year 2012 by Musical America.