“Edo de Waart has brought strong artistic leadership to the NZSO during his tenure,” says NZSO Chief Executive Christopher Blake. “The Orchestra has benefited immensely from his experience and skill and thanks him for his significant contribution to its growth and development.
“The NZSO is delighted to continue its ongoing relationship with Maestro de Waart as Conductor Laureate.
“We will be especially pleased to welcome him back in 2021 as part of an international celebration of his eightieth year when he conducts those orchestras around the world where he has held directorships over his long career.
“We look forward to celebrating his NZSO tenure in upcoming programmes in his popular Edo de Waart’s Masterworks series showcasing the music for which he is an internationally renowned interpreter.”
“Throughout my time as Music Director of the NZSO, my aim has always been to give audiences an overview of the magnificence of classical music,” says Maestro de Waart.
“I am looking forward to the Beethoven cycle immensely and Mahler’s Symphony No.2 Resurrection is a masterpiece. With Resurrection his talent and potential exploded.”