Dutch top conductor Jaap van Zweden will leave the New York Philharmonic after the 2023-2024 season.

In an interview with

The New York Times

, Van Zweden, who took office as chief conductor in 2018, says that the pandemic has caused him to set other priorities in life.

When Van Sweden started as conductor of one of the best orchestras in the world in September 2018, he spoke of "a dream job".

However, the corona pandemic has made the 60-year-old conductor realize that he wants to spend more time with his family.

He tells the American newspaper that he was hardly at home in the days before the pandemic started.

The choice to stop is "not out of frustration, anger or a difficult situation, but purely out of freedom", according to Van Zweden.

Van Sweden's contract runs until 2024, after which he lays down the baton.

It is rare for a conductor to accompany the world-famous company for only six years.