Bernard Haitink, recovering, thanks Slipped Disc readers

Bernard Haitink, recovering, thanks Slipped Disc readers


norman lebrecht

June 12, 2018

A message from the maestro’s agent:

As you know Bernard Haitink tripped and fell after a concert in the Concertgebouw on Friday.  We are very happy to report that, luckily, he sustained only superficial injuries.  Nonetheless, his doctor has advised him to rest for a little longer before recommencing his activities.  Therefore, with sadness. he has withdrawn from his upcoming concerts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich next week.  He looks forward very much to his concerts with them in September.

He would like to thank all those friends, colleagues and other well-wishers who have been in touch or left messages after reading about it on this site.  And not least, Kerem Hasan, who picked up the baton in so exemplary a fashion on Sunday afternoon with Bernard’s beloved Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – as he says, it’s the silver lining to this cloud!



  • Rob says:

    Enjoy life, enjoy music, think positively.

  • Pedro says:

    Very good news! Bernard Haitink as elegant as ever.

  • barry guerrero says:


    A class act.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Great story. The best news is that BH is recovering and that he has no serious injuires.

  • operacentric says:

    So glad to hear. As a schoolboy and aspirant conductor, I wrote to some of leading conductors of the day for career advice. I had a charming reply from Haitink who said I was always welcome to attend his rehearsals (he was MD of the LPO at the time) and that maybe one day, after one or a concert, I might have the chance to meet. I’ve attended so many of his wonderful performances since – though we have not yet met!

  • Santipab says:

    Great news!