Musician Bios

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


Fabio Luisi

Music Director Designate
Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship

Fabio Luisi was named Music Director Designate of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in June 2018, and he will assume the title of Music Director in the 2020/21 season. Luisi is also General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Designate of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He was Principal Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 2011 to 2017, prior to this he served as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (2005-2013), General Music Director of the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Saxon State Opera (2007-2010), Music Director and Principal Conductor of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig (1999-2007) and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1997-2002) and of the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna (1995-2000).  READ FULL BIO

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor Laureate

Over the last decade, conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents.  This season marks a major milestone as he completes his ten-year tenure as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and simultaneously is Music Director Designate in New York, anticipating his inaugural season (2018-19) as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012.  Highlights of the 2017-18 season include return engagements to the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Jaap van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe including the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna and Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. READ FULL BIO


Jeff Tyzik

Principal Pops Conductor
Dot & Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium

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 & 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
Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair

The 2017/18 season marks Joshua Habermann's seventh 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