Chief Conductor: Royal Flemish Philharmonic
Music Director: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Artistic Partner: St Paul Chamber Orchestra
In addition to his present positions, the eminent conductor Edo de Waart he has held posts with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras and he continues to return to each orchestra regularly. His recent and future guest conducting highlights include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The next few seasons see him continue his relationships with the Sydney Symphony and the Melbourne and NHK symphony orchestras.
He has a large and varied operatic repertoire, having conducted in many of the great houses of the world, including Boris Godunov for Geneva Opera, Der Rosenkavalier for Opera de Bastille, and Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro for the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He was also the Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera from 1999 – 2004. His most recent return to the Metropolitan Opera, New York for performances of Der Rosenkavalier received excellent reviews, and he looks forward to future returns.
"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)