In Memoriam
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About Bernard

Conductor Emeritus, Boston Symphony Orchestra Honorary Conductor, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Honorary Member, Berlin Philharmonic Honorary Member, Chamber Orchestra of Europe Honorary Member, Vienna Philharmonic

Bernard Haitink was one of the most celebrated conductors of his generation. He was Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years. As well as holding Music Director positions at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Mr Haitink was Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Amongst many titles bestowed, Mr Haitink was Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the European Union Youth Orchestra and honorary member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker, with whom he performed his last concert in September 2019.

Bernard Haitink received many awards and honours in recognition of his services to music. He was Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, an Honorary Companion of Honour in the UK.

Bernard Haitink’s legacy will be his unrivaled interpretations of the great symphonic and operatic masterpieces. We remember Mr Haitink not only as a legendary musician who made over 450 recordings, but also as a passionate mentor for future generations of conductors, generously offering his time to teaching and masterclasses.

Bernard Haitink (1929-2021)