Yes, it is very exciting for Jaap and the New York Philharmonic. He still has two more years as music director in Dallas (until 2018) and we will continue to see him as Conductor Laureate until 2021. Ten years is a good length of time so it is not too shocking. It has been an honor to play under him in Dallas and I'm sure he will do great things under New York. It was he who hired me and then in November 2014 promoted me to second chair, so, I think I can say I have a good relationship with him.
I believe Jaap sincerely intended to introduce me to then-Queen Beatrix had she come to our concert at the Concertgebouw in March 2013, but with only a month left of her reign she was apparently too busy. Now with our April 2016 tour cancelled it seems unlikely there will be another chance like that...unless Dutch royalty come to Dallas!
Here is the New York Times article: