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The Chicago Tribune Sizes Up van Zweden


by Jerome Weeks 7 Oct 2008

He’s coming in as a replacement for guest conductor Riccardo Chailly to perform Bruckner’s Fifth: Little known outside the Netherlands until last year when he was named music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard-trained violinist turned conductor has been stirring up a remarkable degree of buzz in the symphonic world. And the buzz […]

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He’s coming in as a replacement for guest conductor Riccardo Chailly to perform Bruckner’s Fifth:

Little known outside the Netherlands until last year when he was named music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard-trained violinist turned conductor has been stirring up a remarkable degree of buzz in the symphonic world. And the buzz is only getting louder. . .

Question: What have been your initial impressions as music director of the Dallas Symphony? Are the conditions in place for you to achieve the level of musicmaking you hope to achieve?

Answer: Absolutely. I have already observed a big difference from the music we made the first time I conducted them and the music we are making now. The difference is in how they react to me. You know, making music is nothing more than developing a relationship [with the musicians] onstage. This relationship has already blossomed so beautifully in Dallas. To be honest, it is [succeeding] well beyond my expectations!

You can read the whole Q&A here.

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