Conductor Laureate

Bernard Haitink’s conducting career began 62 years ago with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Holland.   He went on to be Chief Conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years, as well as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is Patron of the Radio Philharmonic, and Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony, as well as an honorary member of both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

The 2015/16 season began with concerts at The Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra, followed by a tour to Japan. Other engagements during the 2015/16 season included a Schumann cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Amsterdam, Lugano and Vienna, his debut with the orchestra and chorus of La Scala, Milan, and performances in the US with the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony orchestras. During the summer 2016 Festival season he will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his first appearance at both the BBC Proms and the Lucerne Festival. He marks these anniversaries with performances with the London Symphony Orchestra at The Proms, and with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Lucerne Festival. He also tours with the European Union Youth Orchestra, of which he is Conductor Laureate, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their creation.

He is committed to the development of young musical talent, and as well as his annual Conducting Masterclass at the Lucerne Easter Festival he gave conducting classes this season at the Hochschule der Kunst, Zurich, and the Juilliard School.

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.

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg