Edo de Waart is Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He concluded his tenure with Royal Flemish Philharmonic at the end of the 2015/16 season and took the title of Conductor Laureate.
Regular guest conducting appearances include the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony orchestras as well as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. This season he will guest conduct several US orchestras including Cincinnati and San Diego symphonies, Minnesota Orchestra and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his existing posts, he was previously Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony orchestras and 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.
de Waart’s extensive catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc and RCA. Recent recordings include Henderickx’s Symphony No.1 and Oboe Concerto, 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.