Musician Bios

The Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are performers, teachers, artists, parents, grandparents, volunteers, community leaders, neighbors and friends. Meet them here!


Jaap van Zweden

Music Director

Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in the past decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. On January 27, 2016, the New York Philharmonic announced that Jaap van Zweden will be their new Music Director starting with the 2018-19 season, and will act as Music Director Designate during 2017-18.  He has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, holding the Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship, and will continue in that role through the 2017-18 season, after which he becomes Conductor Laureate. He has also been Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012. The Amsterdam-born van Zweden was appointed at nineteen as the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and began his conducting career twenty years later in 1995. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. In November 2011, van Zweden was named Musical America's 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as guest conductor with the most prestigious US orchestras. READ FULL BIO


Ruth Reinhardt

Assistant Conductor

Conductor Ruth Reinhardt earned her master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School where she studied with Alan Gilbert. She is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Jaap van Zweden. She is also Associate Conducting Fellow of the Taki Concordia program with Marin Alsop and the regular conductor of the New York City-based ÆON Ensemble. Reinhardt has previously been Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center, Chief Conductor of the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra and additionally worked with the Juilliard Orchestra. Recently, her rehearsals and performances with the Musikkollegium Winterthur were made into a major broadcast on national Swiss TV. READ FULL BIO


Jeff Tyzik

Principal Pops Conductor

GRAMMY® Award-winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America's most innovative and sought-after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 22nd season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. READ FULL BIO

Joshua Habermann

Chorus Director

The 2016/17 season marks Joshua Habermann's sixth year as Chorus Director in the Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the official vocal ensemble of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Habermann is also Music Director of The Desert Chorale, a professional chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to his DSO appointment, Habermann was assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. READ FULL BIO



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Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Junior Group and Innovators Chair