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Legendary Dutch Conductor Bernard Haitink Has Died at 92

BERNARD HAITINK
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Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink (R) shakes hands with Austrian pianist Till Fellner (L), performing with The London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican in London on March 10, 2019, during a concert celebrating the conductor's 90th birthday.

Bernard Haitink was one of the most celebrated conductors of his generation. On WRTI, we're joining classical music fans from around the world in remembrance of the revered, unassuming maestro. His management company Askonas Holt posted this tribute to him last night.

With great sorrow, we announce the death today of Bernard Haitink, the distinguished Dutch conductor. Mr Haitink died peacefully at home with his wife and family, aged 92 years old.

Bernard Haitink was Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years. As well as holding Music Director positions at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Mr Haitink was Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Amongst many titles bestowed, Mr Haitink was Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the European Union Youth Orchestra and honorary member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker, with whom he performed his last concert in September 2019.

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