Congratulations Bernard Haitink!


LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONGRATULATES BERNARD HAITINK ON GRAMOPHONE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The London Symphony Orchestra warmly congratulates conductor Bernard Haitink on his Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Gramophone Awards.

The award was presented to him tonight at a ceremony at London’s St John’s Smith Square, by the singer Sir Thomas Allen. Since he first conducted the LSO in 1996, Haitink has developed a deep and rewarding relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra and the award comes amidst a number of concerts with the LSO. The LSO’s 2015/16 season at the Barbican opened on 15 September with Haitink conducting Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, prompting the Guardian to comment, 'it seems pointless to pick out highlights from a performance of such natural authority, which over its vast span never once turned aside from its path of intricate organic development and sense of direction.'

Haitink, joined by pianist Murray Perahia, will give to further concerts with the LSO on Sunday 20 & Wednesday 23 September at the Barbican, followed by a major five-concert tour to Japan from 28 September to 5 October.

Read a tribute to Haitink by editor James Jolly on the Gramophone website.

A full list of Awards can be found on the here.