Edo de Waart becomes Chief Conductor in Antwerp and extends contract in Milwaukee
Edo de Waart has signed a six year contract to become Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie) from the 2012/13 season onwards. The Dutch conductor will spend at least twelve weeks with the orchestra each season.
Commenting on his appointment, Edo de Waart said: “It is difficult to express in a few sentences how much it means to me at this stage of my career to experience such enthusiasm for an assignment. I was amazed at how the Royal Flemish Philharmonic played when I worked with the orchestra as a guest conductor last season and I had heard many good things about it from Jaap van Zweden. This new challenge is very dear to me.”
The news coincides with the announcement that Edo de Waart has renewed his contract as Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra through to the 2016/17 season, a position which he has held since 2009. Delighted with the decision, MSO concertmaster Frank Almond commented: "It's hard to overstate the impact he has had here. He doesn't draw attention to himself - there's nothing extraneous going on. It's all about the music and getting the orchestra to play the best they can."
In addition to the positions above de Waart will continue as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra until summer 2012, and from the 2010/11 season he will begin his role as an Artistic Partner at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.