Bernard Haitink, one of today’s most celebrated conductors, was for more than 25 years music director of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and was principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010. Previously, he held posts as music director of the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is conductor laureate of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and conductor emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has made frequent guest appearances with most of the world’s leading orchestras.
In the 2010–11 season Mr. Haitink conducted the opening concerts of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, followed by performances of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Zurich Opera. He led a Brahms cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE), beginning at the Lucerne Piano Festival in November 2010 and completed at the Lucerne Easter and Summer Festivals of 2011. Further concerts with the COE last season included Beethoven cycles at the Concertgebouw and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Other highlights of his 2010–11 season included concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the London, Boston, and Chicago symphony orchestras.
Mr. Haitink has recorded widely for the Phillips, Decca, and EMI labels, leading the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His discography also includes many opera recordings with the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Dresden Staatskapelle. He has recorded extensively with the London Symphony Orchestra for its LSO Live label, including the complete Brahms and Beethoven symphonies, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on its Resound label. Mr Haitink’s recording of Janáček’s Jenufa with the Royal Opera received a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2004, and his recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 with the Chicago Symphony was awarded a Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance of 2008.
Bernard Haitink has received many international awards in recognition of his services to music, including both an honorary Knighthood and the Companion of Honour in the United Kingdom, and the House Order of Orange-Nassau in the Netherlands. He was named Musical America’s 2007 Musician of the Year.
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