Edo de Waart
Laureate Conductor, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Edo de Waart studied oboe, piano and conducting in Amsterdam. After taking his degree, he was appointed principal oboe of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York in 1964, and was made assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic.
He then became assistant conductor to Bernard Haitink of the Concertgebouw
Orchestra and in 1967 conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductor of the Dutch Wind Ensemble. He served as music director for the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 1973 to 1979. After his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1975, he was asked to act as guest conductor; in 1977 he was appointed music director, a post he held until 1985. He was appointed music director of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1986. Upon his return to the Netherlands in 1989, he was Chief Conductor of Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra until 1 January 2005. From 1999 to 2002 he was also chief conductor of De Nederlandse Opera. He was chief
conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2004.
Edo de Waart has been a guest conductor of many major orchestras and opera houses in Europe and the United States; he has conducted in Bayreuth, London (Covent Garden), Paris (Opéra de Bastille), New York (Metropolitan Opera) and Salzburg (Salzburger Festspiele). He spent three
weeks in successful collaboration with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan
in April 2009. Since 2007, Edo de Waart has been music director of the Opera of Santa Fe. His appointment as music director and chief conductor
of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will end in 2012. He is now the music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and starting in
the 2010-2011 season, he is one of the artistic partners of the Saint Paul
Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota. He has recorded a wide range of repertoire for several labels with many orchestras, including Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2004 he was made a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. A year later, De Waart was named Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his merits as chief conductor and music director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert on 7 October 1945, led by its founder and ‘first conductor‘ Albert van Raalte, on Radio “Herrijzend Nederland”. Initially the orchestra spent most of its time in
studios working on a large number of recordings for the public broadcasting
system. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic featured prominently in the
Saturday Matinee as soon as the series started in 1961, and has continued to give frequent live performances ever since. The celebrated Saturday Matinee has hosted many legendary concerts. Illustrious soloists such as Kathleen Ferrier, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Clara Haskil and Jean-Pierre Rampal
have shared the stage with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2004, the three classical orchestral formations of the broadcasting
15 system were transformed into two: the present Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. In 2006, these two orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Metropole Orchestra joined the Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO.
The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra has been conducted by great names
such as Bernard Haitink, Jean Fournet, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Comissiona and
Edo de Waart. Jaap van Zweden was named its chief conductor in September 2005. The orchestra has also worked with numerous famed guest conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Kirill Kondrashin, Antál Dorati, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur and Valery Gergiev. Soon after its founding, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic found itself foremost in Dutch musical life in the number of
performances and the diversity of its repertoire, with a predilection for Dutch and contemporary works in its programming. It has honed another facet of its striking profile with a great many opera concertante performances. The orchestra has an extensive discography, ranging from legendary LPs recorded in the 1970s under such conductors as Leopold Stokowski and Antal Doráti to Jean Fournet’s much-lauded renderings of French repertoire. Under Edo de Waart, not only did it release its legendary Wagner interpretations,
but also the complete orchestral works of Rachmaninov. CDs with work
by contemporary composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Klas Torstensson,
Jan van Vlijmen and Stravinsky have garnered prizes and much acclaim.