Edo de Waart
De Waart studied oboe, piano and conducting at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam . He graduated in 1962 and was oboist in the renowned Concertgebouw Orchestra the following year . In 1964, only 23 years old, he won the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Music Competition in New York. Part of the award was that he was allowed to assist Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic for a year . On his return to the Netherlands he took the same position under Bernard Haitink with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Since then, de Waart has worked with a number of orchestras:
- In 1967 he became chief conductor of the Dutch wind ensemble and conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra , where he was chief conductor from 1973 to 1979.
- His debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra was in 1975, a year later he became principal guest conductor and from 1977 to 1985 the orchestra's musical director.
- From 1986 to 1995 he was chief conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra .
- From 1989 to 2004 de Waart was musical director of the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest .
- De Waart was chief conductor and artistic advisor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2004.
- From 1999 to 2004 he was chief conductor of the Nederlandse Opera .
- From 2004 to 2012 he was musical director and chief conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra .
In addition to these permanent posts, de Waart has been and is active as a guest conductor for leading orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic , the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig , the Philharmonia Orchestra , the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , the Orchester de la Suisse Romande , the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra , the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra .
De Waart is particularly interested in opera. He conducted the premiere of John Adams' opera Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera and directed productions at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayreuth Festival 1979, the Opéra Bastille , the Metropolitan Opera and the Salzburg Festival . He has conducted Richard Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen twice: at the San Francisco Opera and in concert at the Sydney Opera House .
- 1975: Kurt Weill , Symphonies No. 1 and 2
- 1990: John Adams , Nixon in China
- 1991: Franz Schreker , The Drawn
- 1992: Camille Saint-Saëns , organ symphony
- 1995: Leonard Bernstein , West Side Story
- 1996: Johann Sebastian Bach , piano concerts
- 1997: Hector Berlioz , orchestral works
- 1998: Richard Wagner , Tristan and Isolde
- 1999: Richard Strauss , An Alpine Symphony
- 2000: Ottorino Respighi , Fontane di Roma
- 2001: Gustav Mahler , Symphony No. 3
- 2002: Sergei Rachmaninoff , Piano Concertos No. 1–4
- 2003: Richard Strauss , Der Rosenkavalier
- 2004: Charles Wuorinen , Genesis
- 2005: Sergei Prokofiev , Romeo and Juliet
- 2006: Sergei Rachmaninoff , Symphonies No. 1–3
- Charles Barber: De Waart, Edo [Eduard]. In: Grove Music Online (English; subscription required).
- Maestro Edo de Waart's Eight Glorious Seasons with the HKPO Concluded with the Magnificent Beethoven Symphony No.9. In: hkphil.org. April 23, 2012 .
- Edo de Waart in Bayreuth
|SURNAME||Waart, Edo de|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Dutch conductor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 1, 1941|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Amsterdam|