Why Is Jaap Selling His Swanky Ritz-Carlton Digs?

An insider contends the maestro has been complaining about the expense of the place for quite a while. But so far no one’s saying exactly why the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Jaap van Zweden has listed his 4,258-square-foot unit at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton for sale. Actually, according to DCAD, the DSO music director is only a 50 percent owner of the 3-bedroom place. World-renowned violinist Michael Guttman owns the other half, the appraisal district says.

Valued by the green eyeshades at DCAD at a proposed $1.8 million, the swanky home has been listed for more than a month now for $2.9 million. Jonathan Martin, the DSO chief executive, told us the other day that Jaap “isn’t going anywhere,” and we know his contract runs through 2015-16. So, it may just be that he’s traveling so much these days he’d like to off-load the Ritz digs while the market is fairly strong, then move into something less grand. (We’ve tried repeatedly to call the DSO to speak with Jaap, but for some reason no one’s picking up the phone.)


  • Tim Rogers

    The bigger question: where is Anna-Sophia now going to throw her raging keggers when Mom and Dad are out of town?


    Note: I don’t know for a fact that ASVZ throws raging keggers in her daddy’s Ritz pad, but I’d like to think she does and that one day she will invite me over to participate.

  • Shamed Dad

    So, Glenn, in summary, are you saying this is probably a non-story?

  • Beeps

    Lets be real, the DSO is not his preferred gig. People in HK say he has left DSO, they just dont know when his contract expires. Then the HKP hires the concert master from the Dallas Opera. Put the pieces together.


    Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden is one of today’s most sought-after conductors. Recently named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year for 2012, he has been Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2012/13 season.

    Maestro van Zweden is currently Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Honorary Conductor of the Radio Chamber Philharmonic. Appointed at age nineteen as the youngest Concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he began his conducting career in 1995, successively holding the positions of Chief Conductor at the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (1996-2000), Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague (2000-2005) and Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011).

    Prestigious orchestras he works with regularly include the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre National de France, and the London Philharmonic. Maestro van Zweden has conducted at major international festivals including the BBC Proms, and the Tanglewood and Aspen Festivals. His recent subscription débuts with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony have garnered overwhelming critical acclaim.

    Opera also plays an important part in his activities. His repertoire includes La Traviata and Fidelio (National Reisopera), Madame Butterfly (Netherlands Opera), Otello, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Lohengrin, Parsifal and Vanessa.

    He has recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Residentie Orchestra, Shostakovich Symphony No.5 with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Mahler Symphony No.5 (recorded live at his London Philharmonic début), Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the Brahms symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, with whom he is currently recording a Bruckner cycle for the Octavia label, with symphonies 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 already released to great critical acclaim.

    Fourteen years ago, Maestro van Zweden and his wife Aaltje established the Papageno Foundation, its objective being to support families with one or more children with autism. Over the years, that support has taken shape in a number of projects, such as Music Therapy and Music Makers, where professional music therapists and musicians, who receive additional training from Papageno, use music and make music with autistic children.