PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR (2006–2010)
Bernard Haitink was born and trained in Amsterdam. His conducting career began in 1954 at the Netherlands Radio, where he took part in their intensive conductors' courses, and where in 1957, he became chief conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956 and was invited to serve as chief conductor in 1961, a post he held for 27 years. Most recently, he was patron of the Radio Philharmonic and honorary conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Haitink has held positions as music director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and as principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is an honorary member of the Berlin Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Bernard Haitink has received many awards and honors in recognition of his services to music, including Musical America’s Musician of the Year and the Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been made a Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, an honorary Companion of Honor in the United Kingdom and received honorary doctorates from the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Music. Following the 2018–2019 season, during which he celebrated his ninetieth birthday and a 65-year conducting career, Bernard Haitink retired from the podium.