Bernard Haitink’s conducting career began 62 years ago with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Holland. He went on to become chief conductor of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years, as well as music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and principal conductor of the London Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is patron of the Radio Philharmonic and conductor emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as an honorary member of both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
In 2016 Mr. Haitink marked the 50th anniversary of his first appearance at both the BBC Proms and the Lucerne Festival, an occasion that was celebrated with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Proms, and both the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Lucerne. He also toured with the European Union Youth Orchestra, of which he is conductor laureate, marking the 40th anniversary of its creation.
Mr. Haitink’s 2016–17 season began with the Berlin Philharmonic, and sees the continuation of his close association with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Zürich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. He will revisits l’Orchestre nationale de France, Orchestra Mozart, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and he conducts Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the orchestra and chorus of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.
Committed to the development of young musical talent, Mr. Haitink gives an annual conducting master class at the Lucerne Easter Festival. Additionally this season, he gives conducting classes to students at Zurich’s Hochschule der Künste and leads the orchestra of London’s Royal College of Music.
Bernard Haitink has an extensive discography for the Phillips, Decca, and EMI labels, as well as the many new live recording labels established by orchestras themselves in recent years, such as the London, Chicago, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras. He has received many awards and honors 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.