Bernard Haitink is 85 today

Bernard Haitink is 85 today


norman lebrecht

March 04, 2014

Warm wishes to the Dutch master.

He was appointed chief of the Concertgebouw at 30 and subsequently wielded the rod at the London Philharmonic, Glyndebourne, Covent Garden and, in the 21st century, at the Dresden Staatskapelle and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He is one of the most prolific conductors on record.

UPDATE: However, he has just launched another spat against the Concertgebouw.




  • Gerard says:

    In the dutch newspaper Het Parool today Haitink has declared he will never again conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra due to the total neglect from the management during the 125 years celebrations of the orchestra

  • Ziggy says:

    Any concert conducted by this wonderful man is guaranteed to be highly satisfying. Happy Birthday, Maestro, from a great admirer.

  • Gaffer says:

    Indeed, Happy Birthday Maestro! Looking forward to your continuing association with the Boston Symphony and the Chicago Symphony.

  • David McLaren says:

    I remember my many years in the London Philharmonic with Maestro Haitink at the helm and for me he was unquestionably THE BEST…Happy Birthday Bernard!

  • SergioM says:

    Happy birthday to a great maestro who only gets better with each passing year