Life and Music
Bernard Haitink rose steadily to the top in the 1960s as the long-serving principal conductor of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (where he was a former oboist).
He was principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1967 to 1979 as well as holding admired tenures as music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (1978-88) and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden (1987-2002).
In 2006, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), appointed Haitink to the newly created position of principal conductor, for a four-year contract from 2006-2007 season.
Many of his later performances and recordings of the music of Bruckner and Mahler are powerful and memorable performances.
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In 1977, Haitink was awarded an honorary Knighthood in the Order of the British Empire (KBE) and in 2002, he was created an honorary Companion of Honour (CH).