Edo de Waart
Edo de Waart was chief conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 2005. He has been honorary conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005.
Throughout his long and illustrious career, renowned Dutch conductor Edo de Waart has held a wide range of positions with orchestras around the world, including principal conductorships with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and De Nederlandse Opera and Santa Fe Opera.
Edo de Waart is first guest conductor of the San Diego Symphony, conductor laureate of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and music director laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. This season he returns to the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestras of Milwaukee, San Diego and Fort Worth.
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 in Bayreuth, at the Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Bastille, Santa Fe Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. With the goal of bringing opera to wider audiences in concert halls where full staging is not possible, he has regularly conducted operas in semi-staged performances and concert performances as music director in Milwaukee, Antwerp and Hong Kong.
A renowned orchestra trainer, he has been involved in projects with talented young students at Juilliard Colburn and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
Edo de Waart's extensive catalog includes 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 with Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra.
Edo de Waart began his career as assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic and then returned to the Netherlands, 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 Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion and 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.