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Visiting Artist

Edo de Waart

Edo de Waart is Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. 

He is also much in demand as a guest conductor with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Following his recent appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Tribune noted that de Waart: “paid the score, and the orchestra’s venerable Brahms tradition, the compliment of letting the music speak for itself.”

As an opera conductor, de Waart has enjoyed success in many of the world’s top opera houses. He has conducted at Bayreuth, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra de Bastille, Santa Fe Opera and The Metropolitan Opera. His most recent appearance at The Met, with Der Rosenkavalier, received rave reviews. In addition to semi-staged and concert performances of opera with his orchestras in the US, he regularly conducts opera with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s matinee series, most recently Richard Strauss' Salome.

This season, de Waart returns to The Metropolitan Opera to conduct Le Nozze di Figaro. Orchestral engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Chicago, New Zealand and Shanghai Symphony orchestras and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Internationally, de Waart has previously held posts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera. 

Edo de Waart’s extensive recording catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc and RCA. His most recent recordings are Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, both with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. He has also long been an exponent of the music of John Adams, having conducted the first recording of Nixon in China in 1987 with the original cast from the world premiere. 

Edo de Waart has received a number of awards for his musical achievements, including Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. He was also appointed Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in recognition of his commitment to developing future generations of musicians in Hong Kong. 

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