Edo de Waart
Conductor

Guesting at the highest level, Edo is also renowned as an ‘orchestral builder’ with the enviable ability to transform orchestras into world-class ensembles.

Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Ed Milner +44 (0)20 3725 9178
Elise Jennings +44 (0)20 3725 9135

Biography

Music Director: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra 
Conductor Laureate: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 
 

 

Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart also holds the positions of Conductor Laureate at the Antwerp Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, having concluded his tenure as Music Director in Milwaukee at the end of the 2016/17 season. 

The 2017/18 season sees his annual appearance with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra where he conducts a programme of Bernstein and Brahms, as well as a return to the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra who he joins for a German tour in May 2018 with Alice Sara Ott. A highlight of his season is a return to the New York Philharmonic with Emanuel Ax in the autumn, and he also looks forward to concerts with the Atlanta Symphony.

Music Director: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra 
Conductor Laureate: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra 
 

 

Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart also holds the positions of Conductor Laureate at the Antwerp Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, having concluded his tenure as Music Director in Milwaukee at the end of the 2016/17 season. 

The 2017/18 season sees his annual appearance with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra where he conducts a programme of Bernstein and Brahms, as well as a return to the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra who he joins for a German tour in May 2018 with Alice Sara Ott. A highlight of his season is a return to the New York Philharmonic with Emanuel Ax in the autumn, and he also looks forward to concerts with the Atlanta Symphony.

Continuing his strong relationship with the San Diego Symphony he opens their 2017/18 season with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and returns to the Orchestra twice more in the spring.   

In addition to his existing positions he was previously Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 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.   

de Waart’s extensive catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc and RCA.  Recent recordings include Henderickx Symphony No.1 and Oboe Concerto, Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, both with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.

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Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Ed Milner +44 (0)20 3725 9178
Elise Jennings +44 (0)20 3725 9135

Reviews

“Mr. de Waart and the players rose thrillingly to the end of the finale, one of Brahms’s rare rollicking moments” (James R. Oestreich, New York Times, December 17)

“…conductor de Waart executed some fancy brainwork of his own, evoking the spirit of Mahler in one of the most authentic and satisfying performances of the composer's Symphony No.1 this listener has heard in some time.” (Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer Cleveland, August 2015)

“Shaham and De Waart made the most of [Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1], prompting an unusually long and vocal ovation for the performers.” (Timothy Robson, ClevelandClassical.com, August 2015)

“Mr. de Waart and the players rose thrillingly to the end of the finale, one of Brahms’s rare rollicking moments” (James R. Oestreich, New York Times, December 17)

“…conductor de Waart executed some fancy brainwork of his own, evoking the spirit of Mahler in one of the most authentic and satisfying performances of the composer's Symphony No.1 this listener has heard in some time.” (Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer Cleveland, August 2015)

“Shaham and De Waart made the most of [Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1], prompting an unusually long and vocal ovation for the performers.” (Timothy Robson, ClevelandClassical.com, August 2015)

“…there were many blistering eruptions, for which De Waart drew on the sinew and Rolls-Royce precision of the NZSO players.” (William Dart, NZ Herald, 2014)

“De Waart has a wonderfullycompact conducting technique, but one that communicates every possible nuance and the players responded in kind.” 
(John Button, Dominion Post, 2014)

“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)

Discography

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