Biography

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BIOGRAPHY JAC VAN STEEN

 

 

Jac van Steen, conductor

 

Jac van Steen was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and studied conducting at the Brabants Conservatory of Music. In September 1985 his participation in the BBC European Conductor's seminar resulted in guest engagements with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

From 1986 to 1990 he was conductor and music director of the Bach Choir in Nijmegen. He was also Music Director of the National Ballet, Amsterdam, a post which he held up until the end of the 1993-94 season. The Bochumer Symfoniker in Germany appointed him in the 1992-93 Season as their permanent guest conductor, a position which he held until September 1994.

 

In September 1997, Jac van Steen was appointed chief conductor of the Nuerenberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany and in September 1999 was also appointed Chief Conductor and Music Director of the New Berlin Chamber Orchestra.

 

In August 2002 Jac van Steen became Music Director of the Deutsches National Theater Weimar and chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Weimar (up to August 2005) and in that same year he took up the position of chief conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland.

 

As per August 2007, Jac van Steen has been appointed General Music Director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Theatre Dortmund, a position he held for 5 seasons.

 

His first visit to the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London in 1997 lead to immediate return engagements, CD recordings and his Proms debut. In August 2005 he returned to the Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, which also marked the formal start of his appointment as Principal Guestconductor with this orchestra. Besides his BBC engagements, he works both in concert and recordings with various orchestras and ensembles in the U.K., such as the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Scottish Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the CBSO Birmingham, CBSO Youth Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic London, Philharmonia London, BBC Philharmonic Manchester , Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor with the finest Dutch, Swiss and German orchestras and made his debut in Japan in 2017 with the New Japan Philharmonic.

 

At present he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra (Belfast) and the Prague Symphony Orchestra (CSSR).

 

Jac van Steen has built up a large opera repertoire, working extensively with acclaimed opera houses such as Weimar and Dortmund, as well as with Opera North and the Garsington Opera in the UK and the Volksoper in Vienna. In 2018-19 he will make his debut with the Oslo Opera with two productions.

 

Beside his activities as a conductor, Jac van Steen also teaches conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. Working with young musicians and students are of great importance to him and he is one of the initiators of the ‘National Masters’ of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, an initiative which offers a selected group of young conducting students to work with various Duch professional orchestras as part of their education. Orchestras such as the The Hague Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic and several of the provincial orchestras have joined and offer these master students a chance to prepare and work in concert with them. He also frequently works with the Chetham School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester as well as the Royal Academy of Music and the Ryal College of Music, both in London. In the Summer of 2011, Jac van Steen participated in the Summer Tour of the ECYO (European Community Youth Orchestra), conducting concerts in Austria and in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and has conducted the CBSO Birmingham Youth Orchestra on several occasions.

 

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Reduced Biography for use in programmes:

 

Jac van Steen was born in The Netherlands and studied orchestra and choir conducting at the Brabants Conservatory of Music.

 

Since participating in the BBC Conductors Seminar in 1985, he enjoys a very busy career and conducts the best orchestras in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Germany, which included holding the post of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the National Ballet of The Netherlands, the orchestras of Bochum and Nürenberg, the Staatskapelle Weimar, The Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra of Dortmund, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Principle Guestconductor at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He is also Principal Guestconductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. He made his debut with Opera North in 2013 as well as with the Volksoper in Vienna. In 2015 he has made a very succesful debut at the Garsington Opera. In 2015-16 Jac van Steen visited the Uk regularly for various engagements with the British orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the CBSO, Opera North and Ulster Orchestra. In the present season he returned to Opera North with very successful performances of Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica, the Volksoper Vienna with Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane and made his debut in Tokyo with the New Japan Philharmonic with an all-American programme. He will return to Garsington Opera with the production of Debussy, Pelléas and Mélisande.

 

Jac van Steen has participated in numerous recordings for the BBC, as well as live- broadcasts of his concerts. There are a substantial number of CD recordings of his work with various orchestras.

 

Besides his activities as conductor, he is dedicated to teaching and is Professor for Conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He also regularly works with the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music (Manchester) as well as the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music (London).

 

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Jac van Steen, dirigent

 

Jac van Steen studeerde orkest- en koordirectie aan het Brabants Conservatorium.

 

Sinds zijn deelname aan het BBC Conductors Seminar in 1985, heeft zijn loopbaan een grote vlucht genomen en is hij op vele podia te gast, zowel in Nederland als bij de beste orkesten in Engeland, Duitsland en Zwitserland. Daarbij bekleedde hij vaste posities als Chefdirigent en Muzikaal directeur bij het Nationaal Ballet, de orkesten van Bochum en Neurenberg, de Staatskapelle Weimar, de Opera en het Philharmonisch Orkest van Dortmund en het Musikkollegium in Winterthur. Hij was tevens vaste Gastdirigent van het BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In 2013 debuteerde hij bij Opera North Leeds en keerde sindsdien voor diverse producties terug. Hij treedt regelmatig op met de beste orkesten in Nederland, Zwitserland en Duitsland en het Verenigd Koninkrijk w.o. het Philharmonia Orchestra in de grote series in London in de Royal Festival Hall, als tijdens tournees door Engeland . Hij is regelmatig te gast bij het City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra en diverse orkesten van de BBC zoals in Cardiff en Manchester. Ook maakte hij CD-opnames met de Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Sinds 2013-14 is hij vaste gastdirigent van het Praags Symfonie Orkest en met ingang van seizoen 2014-15 ook vaste gastdirigent bij het Ulster Orchestra. Hij heeft aan een breed scala van opnames voor de BBC gemaakt en onder zijn signatuur zijn talloze CD-opnames verschenen (o.a. bij Dabringhaus & Grimm, SOMM, Bridge Records, NMC).

 

Jac van Steen heeft een groot operarepertoire opgebouwd tijdens zijn lange samenwerking met de operahuizen van Weimar en Dortmund waar hij als chef-dirigent verbonden was. In 2015 en 2016 dirigeerde hij opnieuw bij Opera North (Vida Breve+Gianni Schicci en Suor Angelica + Il Tabarro) en maakte hij zijn debuut bij de Garsington Opera (Strauss, Intermezzo). Later dit jaar dirigeert hij een nieuwe productie van Pelleas en Melisande in Garsington en werkt hij bij de Volksoper in Wenen ((Januari 2017- Korngold, Das Wunder der Heliane en Oktober 2017 – Verdi, Masnadieri). Daarnaast treedt hij met diverse orkesten in Engeland op, zoals de Philharmonia Orchestra London, het BBC NOW, CBSO Birmingham etc. Vanaf 2018-19 maakt hij zijn debuut bij de opera in Oslo met twee nieuwe producties.

 

Naast zijn uitgebreide concert- en operapraktijk, geeft Jac van Steen directieles aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, waar hij ook zeer betrokken is bij de opzet en realisering van de National Masters for Orchestral Conducting (NMO). Daarnaast werkt hij regelmatig met de orkesten van de Chetham School of Music, het Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester en de Royal Academy of Music en het Royal College of Music in London.

 

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