Edo de Waart

Program on August 4, 2007
All-Dvorák Program

Cello Concerto, Antonín Dvorák
Symphony No. 9, From the New World , Antonín Dvorák

Edo de Waart -conductor
Yo-Yo Ma - cello
Boston Symphony Orchestra

Program on August 4 (open rehearsal) and August 5, 2007
De Raaff, Mendelssohn, and Rachmaninoff

New work, De Raaff (World Premiere)
Violin Concerto, Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 3, Rachmaninoff

Edo de Waart - conductor
Janine Jansen - violin
The Boston Symphony Orchestra

About Edo de Waart
Edo de Waart is Conductor Laureate of the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in the Netherlands, he studied oboe, piano and conducting at the Music Lyceum in Amsterdam. At the age of 23 De Waart won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York, which resulted in his appointment for the 1964-1965 season as assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic. On his return to the Netherlands he was appointed assistant conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1967 the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appointed De Waart permanent guest conductor and six years later Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. Since then, Edo de Waart has also been Artistic Director of the Netherlands Radio and Television Music Centre, leader of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras.

Guest conducting highlights of the 2005/06 season included performances with the Sydney, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, the China Philharmonic (at the Beijing Festival), Singapore Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg. Future engagements include returns to the Bamberg Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras and the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande.

As an opera conductor, Edo de Waart has enjoyed success in a large and varied repertoire in many of the great houses of the world. In San Francisco he conducted a highly regarded Wagner Ring Cycle in 1985 and he has also conducted at Bayreuth and Covent Garden. Recent productions include Vec Makropulos, Fidelio, Peter Grimes, Parsifal, The Trojans, Nixon in China, Salome, Lohengrin, Der Rosenkavalier and Jenufa with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, Boris Godunov for Geneva Opera, a new production of Der Rosenkavalier for Opera de Bastille, The Magic Flute and Figaro for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Figaro for the Salzburg Festival and Beatrice et Benedict for Santa Fe Opera. Projects for this season include concert performances of La Fanciulla del West, with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, and Madama Butterfly with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. At Tanglewood, de Waart conducts The Boston Symphony Orchestra with programs by Dvorak, Medelssohn, Rachmaninoff and others.

Edo de Waart’s extensive catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc and RCA, featuring the Royal Concertgebouw, Sydney Symphony, Rotterdam PhilharmonicSan Francisco Symphony, Minnesota and London Philharmonic Orchestras. Most recently under his baton the RFO Holland has recorded all the orchestral works of Rachmaninov, aswell as the overtures of Wagner in Super Audio for the Japanese label Octavia/Exton. In December 2004, he was made a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion, and in 2005 he was appointed an Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, in reflection of his invaluable contribution to Australian cultural life during his decade as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

(see also Robin de Raaff and Janine Jansen).

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Open Rehearsal
August 4, 2007
10:30 AM

All-Dvorák Program
August 4, 2007
8:30 PM

De Raaff, Mendelssohn, and Rachmaninoff
August 5, 2007
2:30 PM