Edo de Waart appointed Principal Guest Conductor at San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart is appointed Principal Guest Conductor of San Diego Symphony Orchestra (SDSO). De Waart begins his new role — also a first for the orchestra — in the 2019/20 season for an initial three year appointment.
On the appointment de Waart commented: “It is a privilege to accept this position with San Diego, and such an exciting time to be collaborating with the leadership and artistic team, as well as Rafael Payare. Throughout the past few years conducting the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, I’ve got to know some of the wonderful musicians and I love their energy and focus and look forward to working together to take the Orchestra to the next level.”
Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO said: “when he first worked with the San Diego Symphony in January 2015 there was an immediate mutual respect. I have heard from many of the musicians how much they value the work they do together in rehearsals as well as concerts, which is the highest compliment an orchestral musician can pay. Rafael Payare and I came to the mutual conclusion to affirm this relationship with the title of principal guest conductor. I could not be more thrilled that Edo De Waart will be a vital part of the artistic life of the San Diego Symphony.”
“Edo De Waart is without question one of the preeminent conductors of our time. I believe that his relationship with this Orchestra will have an important artistic impact, and I am very happy that he is committed to working with the Orchestra every year to enhance and sustain their artistic achievement,” said Music Director Designate Rafael Payare.
De Waart has been a featured guest conductor with SDSO during the past five seasons and will return to the Orchestra on 1 and 2 March for a Jacobs Masterworks concert conducting Mahler’s Symphony No.4.