Bernard Haitink, the internationally known Dutch conductor, has passed away at age 92.
Mr. Haitink was born in Amsterdam on March 4th, 1929 to Willem Haitink and Anna Clara Verschaffelt.
Mr Haitink was a long time conductor, and would serve as Principal Conductor or Music Director of many orchestras and opera companies around the world, including:
- Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Principal Conductor) from 1961 to 1988
- London Philharmonic Orchestra (Principal Conductor) from 1967 to 1979
- Glyndebourne Opera (Music Director) from 1978 to 1988
- Royal Opera House (Music Director) from 1987 to 2002
- Staatskapelle Dresden (Music Director)
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Principal Conductor) from 2006 to 2010
- Boston Symphony Orchestra (Principal Guest Conductor) from 1995 to 2004
He would start conducting in 1954, with the Netherlands Radio Union Orchestra (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.)
Mr. Haitink recorded many works, including the entire symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, Mahler and Vaughan Williams; all five piano concertos of Beethoven, two piano concertos by Brahms; all of Debussy‘s orchestral works; two of Elgar‘s symphonies; as well as operas, including Tannhäuser and Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Mr. Haitink received many awards, including:
- Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 1972)
- Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (UK, 1977)
- Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium, 1977)
- Honorary medal for Arts and Science of the Order of the House of Orange (Netherlands, 2000)
- Honorary Companion of Honour (UK, 2002)
- Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion (Netherlands, 2017)
- Five Gramophone Awards
- Two Grammy Awards
Mr. Haitink retired in September 2019. He conducted 90 performances at The Proms.
Mr. Haitink died on October 21st, 2021 at his home in London. He was married four times and had five children.