Edo de Waart. Photo supplied.
David Morriss speaks to Edo de Waart, the next Music Director for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra about what he hopes to bring to the role.
Dutch conductor Edo de Waart studied oboe, piano and conducting at the Sweelinck Conservatory, graduating in 1962. After winning a competition in 1964 he served for one year as assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic.
Since then he has held a range of positions including conductor and music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, making his conducting début at the San Francisco Symphony in 1975.
Currently Edo de Waart is music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and an Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
In 2016 he will become Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.