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EDO DE WAART is Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Regular guest conducting appearances include the Chicago Symphony and the NHK Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, where, as with the San Francisco Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, he has previously held a post. At the end of the 2013/14 season he returns to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
As an opera conductor, de Waart has enjoyed success in a large and varied repertoire in many of the world’s greatest opera houses. He has conducted at Bayreuth, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opera de Bastille, Santa Fe Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. His most recent appearance at the Met, for Der Rosenkavalier, received rave reviews, and he will return to the house in future seasons. In addition to semi-staged and concert opera performances with his orchestras in the United States, he regularly conducts opera with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s Zaterdag Matinee series, most recently Richard Strauss’ Salome.
Edo de Waart’s extensive catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc, and RCA. His most recent recording is with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic; Mahler’s Symphony No.1 was released in April 2013. Future releases include Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde: Nachtgesang und Isoldes Liebestod (arr. Henk de Vlieger) with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
At the age of 23, de Waart won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York, which resulted in his appointment as Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic. On his return to Holland he was appointed Assistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1967 the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appointed him Guest Conductor and, six years later, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. Since then he has also been Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota orchestras, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony and Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.
Edo de Waart has received a number of awards for his musical achievements, including becoming a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and an Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, in reflection of his invaluable contribution to Australian cultural life during his decade with the Sydney Symphony. He was also appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in recognition of his contribution to music internationally, and in particular, his commitment to developing future generations of musicians in Hong Kong.