Edo de Waart
Edo de Waart commenced his tenure as Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2016.
Renowned as an ‘orchestral builder’ with the enviable ability to transform orchestras into world-class ensembles, he is also Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
De Waart has a wonderfully compact conducting technique, but one that communicates every possible nuance and the players responded in kind. Dominion Post, 2014
Regular guest conducting appearances include the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to his existing posts, he was previously Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony orchestras; he returns to the latter two orchestras this season. He was also Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.
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, Opéra de Bastille, Santa Fe Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera. His most recent appearance at The Met was for performances of Le Nozze di Figaro and he will work on further projects with them in future seasons. He brings semi-staged and concert opera performances to his programming with his own orchestras, and he regularly conducts opera with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam matinee series, although this season programmes include Brahms’ Requiem and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2.
de Waart’s extensive catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc and RCA. His most recent recordings are Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, both with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
Beginning his career as an Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic, de Waart then returned to Holland where he was appointed Assistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1973 he was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
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. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
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