Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart also holds the positions of Conductor Laureate of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, having concluded his tenure at the latter as Music Director at the end of the 2016-17 season.
In addition to his existing posts, 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 he was Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.
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 his return to the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra who he joins for a German tour in May 2018. He opens the season for the San Diego Symphony with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and returns to the Orchestra for two more weekends later in the season, and also conducts the Atlanta Symphony. Other regular guest conducting appearances include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. A renowned orchestral trainer, he has a number of projects with talented young players at the Juilliard and Colburn Schools, which follows on from his summer visit to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
As an opera conductor, Mr. 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 Bastille, Santa Fe Opera and The Metropolitan Opera. As Music Director in Milwaukee, Antwerp and Hong Kong in an attempt bring the operatic canon to broader audiences where stage limitations prevent performances, he has often conducted semi-staged and operas in concert performances. He still continues this mission with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam matinee series.
Mr. 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.
Beginning his career as an Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic, Mr. de Waart then returned to Holland where he was appointed Assistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1973 he was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Edo de Waart has received a number of awards for his musical achievements, including becoming a Knight in the Order of the Dutch 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.