Edo de Waart
Principal Guest Conductor: San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Music Director Laureate: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Throughout his long and illustrious career, renowned Dutch conductor Edo de Waart has held a multitude of posts with orchestras around the world including Music Directorships with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and a Chief Conductorship with De Nederlandse Opera and Santa fe Opera. Edo de Waart is Principal Guest Conductor of San Diego Symphony, Conductor Laureate of both Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Laureate of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Edo de Waart kicks off the 2022/23 season by returning to Sydney Symphony Orchestra with three performances in the newly renovated Sydney Opera House. Further engagements include Milwaukee, San Diego, Dallas, Fort Worth and Antwerp symphony orchestras.
As an opera conductor, Edo 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, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Bastille, Santa Fe Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. With the aim of bringing opera to broader audiences where concert halls prevent full staging, he has, as Music Director in Milwaukee, Antwerp and Hong Kong, often conducted semi-staged and opera in concert performances.
A renowned orchestral trainer, he has been involved with projects working with talented young players at the Juilliard and Colburn schools and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
Edo 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, all with Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
Beginning his career as an Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein at New York Philharmonic, Edo de Waart then returned to Holland where he was appointed Assistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Edo de Waart has received a number of awards for his musical achievements, including becoming a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands 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.
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“Under the baton of Maestro Edo de Waart, this concert program sounded particularly superb. The extensive career of this brilliant conductor and his outstanding experience and achievements helped to demonstrate the best qualifications of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians.”
“…de Waart — understated but precise in his conducting style, led the orchestra while seated on a high stool, and he elicited a sound of pure beauty from his musicians that had all the intimacy and clarity of chamber music even when the orchestra assembled was more than 30 musicians strong.”
‘De Waart excelled at depicting Beethoven’s musical architecture and the narrative of struggle culminating in triumph. The audience loved every minute.’
“Under Dutch conductor de Waart’s direction, the MSO performed Wagner’s score — a potent mix of strings, horns and woodwinds – with an intensity and warmth.”
“Mr. de Waart and the players rose thrillingly to the end of the finale, one of Brahms’s rare rollicking moments”
“They moved from hymnodic serenity to big moments of power and angst, and passages of exciting front-edge-of-the-beat playing, and to passages of broad, poignant expression. This was a thoughtful, unfussy interpretation, built of the kind of musical reserve and expressive dignity they needed to create achingly long, powerful swells of sound and emotion.”
“De Waart was a sensitive partner and balanced the orchestra expertly. The audience — which was sold out in the 2,500-seat theater on Saturday — approved with lengthy ovations.”
“…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.”
“Shaham and De Waart made the most of [Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1], prompting an unusually long and vocal ovation for the performers.”