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Chief Conductor: Royal Flemish Philharmonic
Music Director: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 


In addition to his present positions Edo de Waart has held posts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras. Other orchestras with whom he has regular relationships include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic 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 was also Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera from 1999 to 2004. His most recent performances at The Metropolitan Opera, of Der Rosenkavalier, were critically acclaimed, and he returns in future seasons.

Edo de Waart’s extensive catalogue continues to build with his recording of Mahler’s Symphony No.1 with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic 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.

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"For his part, De Waart coaxed a markedly different sonority from the Philharmonic — one of almost chamber-like clarity with sharp releases, unusual prominence of winds and plenty of breadth — right from the start of “Egmont” and all the way through the “New World” Symphony." (Richard S. Ginell, Los Angeles Times, January 2014)

"De Waart led a ravishing performance, graced by sumptuous orchestral color and sure-handed pacing. If ever an operatic overture left the listener thirsting to hear the entire opera, this was it." (San Francisco Chronicle, February 2012)

"Mr. de Waart aptly illustrated the intricacies of the alluring score... he conducted a glowing rendition, highlighting the colorful score's dramatic cadences and painterly vistas" (The New York Times, December 2010)

“At the start, de Waart carved and caresses the air expressively, drawing insistent bursts of horns, rising sweeps of strings and bright twinges of trilling woodwinds from the orchestra in quick succession, musical phrases that seemed to chase each other around like young lovers... when it was done the audience was almost uniformly on their feet hollering.” (Journal Sentinel) 

“Under de Waart's clear, confident direction, the orchestra's strings shone brightly.” (Pioneer Press) 

“Much of the credit for that success goes to conductor Edo de Waart, who emphasized the intricate textures of Strauss' orchestration... his approach paid off at moments such as the trio, when time seemed to stop - and rapt listeners wished it would.” (Associated Press, October 2009).

“…he drew a flowing, lucid and refreshingly unsentimental performance from the orchestra.” (The New York Times, October 2009)


Mahler Symphony No.1
John Adams: The Chairman Dances
Strauss: An Alpine Symphony
Rachmaninov: Three Symphonies
Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies
Strauss: Sinfonia Domestica
Wagner: Orchestra Works