Dutch conductor Jac van Steen makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season conducting part of the Jette Parker Young Artists 2018 Summer Performance.
Van Steen was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and studied at the Brabants Conservatory of Music. He was Permanent Guest Conductor of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra in Germany (1992–4), Music Director of the Deutsches National Theatre in Weimar and Chief Conductor of the Staatskapelle Weimer (2002–5) and General Music Director of Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Theatre Dortmund (2007–12). His other past positions including Chief Conductor of Nuremburg Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Music Director of New Berlin Chamber Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked regularly with UK orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Hallé, London Sinfonietta, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and regularly appears as a guest conductor with the leading Dutch, Swiss and German orchestras.
Van Steen’s opera appearances since 2013 include Peter Grimes, La vida breve, Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi and Così fan tutte (Opera North), Le nozze di Figaro (Dortmund), I masnadieri (Vienna Volksoper) and Intermezzo and Pelléas et Mélisande (Garsington Opera). He teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.