2013/14 is the 60th season of Bernard Haitink’s conducting career, which he began with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Holland. During this season he celebrates his 85th birthday with a series of concerts in New York, with the London Symphony, Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as concerts at the Barbican with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Bernard Haitink was for 27 years Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He was also Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. He is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Concertgebouw, Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Patron of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands. He has made frequent guest appearances with most of the world’s leading orchestras, and celebrates another milestone in March 2014 when he conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in concerts marking the 50th anniversary of his debut with that orchestra.
Other engagements this season include a Brahms project in Amsterdam, and a cycle of Schumann symphonies and concertos at the Lucerne Festival, both with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He returns to the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk for concerts in Munich and the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival 2014, and to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as leading four programmes with the London Symphony Orchestra and two with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich.
He is committed to the development of young musical talent, and gives an annual Conducting Masterclass at the Lucerne Easter Festival. This season in addition he gives conducting classes at the Juilliard School, New York, the Hochschule der Kunst, Zurich, and will conduct two concerts with the Orchestra of the Royal College of Music.
Bernard Haitink has an extensive discography for Phillips, Decca and EMI, as well as the many new live recording labels established by orchestras themselves in recent years, such as the London Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Bayerischer Rundfunk. He has received many awards and honours in recognition of his services to music, including several honorary doctorates, an honorary Knighthood and Companion of Honour in the United Kingdom, and the House Order of Orange-Nassau in the Netherlands.