Conductor André de Ridder has formed close artistic relationships with a diverse range of artists including Kaija Saariaho, Uri Caine, Michel van der Aa, and Damon Albarn. He performs regularly at the BBC Proms, Iceland Airwaves, and Sydney and Holland Festivals, as well as with Ensemble intercontemporain, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the BBC, Melbourne, Tokyo Metropolitan, Chicago, and Toronto symphony orchestras.
He was awarded a 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Spitalfields Festival, where he returns as artistic curator in December 2018. In 2019 he continues his artistic directorship of Musica nova Helsinki, leading the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Having led the premiere of Daníel Bjarnason’s Brothers for Danish National Opera last season, his 2018–19 season includes Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Colorado’s Central City Opera and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle at Wide Open Opera. He also makes debuts with Staatstheater Stuttgart (conducting John Adams’s Nixon in China), and the Tampere and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras. He returns to the New York Philharmonic, Basel Sinfonietta, and Orquesta Nacional de España, where he conducts the Labèque sisters in the new Double Piano Concerto by his long-time collaborator Bryce Dessner.
In 2013 Mr. de Ridder founded s t a r g a z e, a think-tank pool of like-minded European musicians. Operating from Berlin’s Volksbühne, it puts on the festival s t a r g a z e presents, performing with artists including Terry Riley, Tyondai Braxton, Nils Frahm, Pantha du Prince, and Pekka Kuusisto. s t a r g a z e appears this season at such venues as Haldern Pop Festival, National Concert Hall Dublin, Barbican Centre, and Edinburgh International Festival.
Mr. de Ridder’s discography includes The Four Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter (DG), which received ECHO Klassik’s Classical Without Borders award, and orchestral music by Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood (DG). He was credited as producer on Transgressive Records’ Africa Express Presents: In C Mali, which followed a trip to Bamako, Mali, with Damon Albarn and his Africa Express project. In Mali, Mr. de Ridder initiated and led a recording of Terry Riley’s In C with local musicians, joined by a group of travelling Western artists including Brian Eno.
André de Ridder was educated in Berlin and studied at the music academies of Vienna and London, under Leopold Hager and Colin Davis. André de Ridder made his New York Philharmonic debut leading music by Thomas Adès and a U.S. Premiere by Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner in November 2015.