Conductor Emeritus, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
Honorary Conductor, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Honorary Member, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Honorary Member, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Bernard Haitink’s conducting career began 62 years ago with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Holland. He went on to be Chief Conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years, as well as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is Patron of the Radio Philharmonic, and Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony, as well as an honorary member of both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
He is committed to the development of young musical talent, and gives an annual Conducting Masterclass at the Lucerne Easter Festival.
Bernard has an extensive discography and has received many awards and honours 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. In February 2017, Bernard was promoted to Commander of the Order of Lion of the Netherlands, the country’s oldest and most distinguished civil order.