Jaap van Zweden
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The Concertgebouw Prize 2020 goes to the conductor Jaap van Zweden, 58, the hall said in a news release. The prize will be presented to him on 7 May, on the eve of the Mahler Festival, in which the conductor will have a prominent role. He is currently music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and of the New York Philharmonic.

« Jaap van Zweden has been closely associated with the Concertgebouw from an early age. As a child of Amsterdam he has performed there several times, winning the Oskar Back Competition in 1977, was concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra from the age of nineteen and later acted as conductor with various orchestras », says Simon Reinink, general director of the Concertgebouw.

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