Edo de Waart

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Edo de Waart

Edo de Waart AO (born June 1, 1941 in Amsterdam ) is a Dutch conductor .


Edo de Waart (1968)

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 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 .

Musical interest

De Waart is known as an expert in new music . He conducted the premieres of most of John Adams' works and made recordings of compositions by Adams as well as by Steve Reich .

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 .

Recordings (selection)


Edo de Waart has been named Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia due to his work in Sydney .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Charles Barber:  De Waart, Edo [Eduard]. In: Grove Music Online (English; subscription required).
  2. 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 .;
  3. ^ Edo de Waart in Bayreuth