PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Concludes in Taipei

Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic were triumphant in back-to-back performances in Taipei, the last city on the ASIA 2018 tour. Pianist Yuja Wang joined the Orchestra for landmark concertos by Brahms and Prokofiev, and the Maestro led the Orchestra in symphonic masterworks by Stravinsky and Mahler.

PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Continues in Japan

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic traveled to Japan for four concerts in three cities — Kyoto, Tokyo, and Nagoya. In addition to concerts with pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Ryu Goto, featuring works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, and J. Wagenaar, the Music Director Designate and Orchestra were joined by Philharmonic Patrons and members of the International Advisory Board.

PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Begins in Beijing

The New York Philharmonic’s ten-day, five-city ASIA 2018 tour — Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden’s first international tour with the Orchestra — has begun in Beijing. After a day atop the Great Wall, the Orchestra performed two concerts presented by China Merchants Bank, featuring pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Ryu Goto, and orchestral masterworks by Mahler and Stravinsky.

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic To Tour Asia in March 2018

 

Today we announced details of our ten-day Asia tour next month, led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden. His first international tour with the Orchestra will feature eight concerts in five cities: Beijing, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Taipei.

“Touring is a wonderful vehicle not only to share our music-making with audiences around the world but also to deepen our musi­cal relationship,” Jaap says. “It gives us a rare oppor­tunity to grow and bond.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Philharmonic cellist Nathan Vickery: “We can de­velop a better understanding of what Jaap is showing us in the moment on­stage. The only way to do that is by spending time together. The rapport we build on this tour can set us up to be re­ally on the top of our game when he be­comes Music Director this September.”

The soloists on the tour are Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang (performing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3) and Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto (performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto). Jaap will also conduct Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (which New York audiences will get to hear in his opening concerts as Music Director in September), Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, and J. Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture.

PHOTOS: Hamburg

The New York Philharmonic made its debut at the newly opened Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, where Alan Gilbert led acclaimed performances of music by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen with Yo-Yo Ma, Mahler with Christina Landshamer, and John Adams with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, which also performed a late-night chamber concert.

PHOTOS: London

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour continued in London for the Philharmonic’s third residency at the Barbican Centre under the auspices of its International Associates initiative. Alan Gilbert led the Orchestra in music by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist, John Adams with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, and more, and the Philharmonic presented its first-ever Very Young People’s Concert abroad.

PHOTOS: Budapest and Vienna

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour took Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra to Budapest and Vienna, where they were praised for sensitive performances of Bartók and Mahler in the composers’ homelands.

PHOTOS: Luxembourg, Düsseldorf, and Essen

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour continued in Luxembourg, Düsseldorf, and Essen with powerhouse performances of Bartók, Mahler, John Adams, and more in photogenic halls. Meanwhile, in Vienna, the New York Philharmonic presented the Vienna Philharmonic with an anniversary present.