High award for conductor Bernard Haitink

High award for conductor Bernard Haitink

Conductor Bernard Haitink is Thursday night in Amsterdam was appointed Commander of the Order of the Dutch Lion. Deputy mayor Kajsa Ollongren offered him the ornaments in the concert hall.

Haitink was there for the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra. It is this season sixty years ago that the now nearly 88-year-old maestro for the company’s debut.

Also Friday and Sunday leads Haitink the orchestra in the playing of the works of Claude Debussy and Anton Bruckner. These are the only concerts that Haitink this season with the Concertgebouw orchestra, conducted by.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, is already planning for the spring of 2018. Like Haitink and the orchestra together with the Ninth Symphony of Gustav Mahler is played.

Haitink made his debut with the Concertgebouw orchestra as a substitute on 7 november 1956 and was chief conductor from 1961 to 1988. In 1999, he received from the orchestra the title of eredirigent.

The relationship would sometimes be under tension, so there was a few years ago, a quarrel between the conductor and the orchestra on the 125th anniversary of the company. The conflict was later settled.

The Order of the Netherlands Lion is the oldest civil order in the Netherlands. For this order, people eligible “with special merits of a very exceptional nature for society”.

That merits are often due to very personal talents. To knight Commander in this order, but sporadically people be appointed.

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