DirigentAndré de Ridder
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„ [...] the model of a conductor in 2014.“

I Care If You Listen Magazine
12 / 21


In different musical languages ​​dialog André de Ridder embodies a conductor-type, which deals equally with classical and romantic repertoire, contemporary music as well as with experimental pop and electronic music. The Wall Street Journal described him as "one of the world's most daring conductors" and its innovations are well received at festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Manchester International Festival, the Biennale di Venezia, the Holland Festival and the Sydney Festival, whose "Artist in Residence he "was last year.

André de Ridder's artistic adviser and conductor of the 60-minute concerts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic. The cosmopolitan frontier worker has a close connection to a wide variety of artists, ensembles and orchestras. He regularly among other things, working with the orchestras of the BBC, Chicago Symphony and the Music Factory Cologne, with bands like These New Puritans, Gorillaz, Efterklang and Mouse on Mars, the jazz musician Uri Caine, and composer and musician Damon Albarn, Nico Muhly, Pekka Kuusisto Jonny Greenwood and Bryce Dessner. In 2012, André de Ridder initiated under the name "stargaze" a collective of musicians, the new ways of working of different styles of music and different artists treading.

As an opera conductor de Ridder conducted works by Mozart, Janáček and Henze, as well as several world premieres. These include Gerald Barry's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant at the English National Opera and the Theater Basel, Wolfgang Rihm's Three Women at the Theater Basel and a new production of Monteverdi trilogy at the Komische Oper in a Neuorchestrierung by Elena Kats-Chernin. About his position as a conductor, he acted as arranger and artistic consultant for this project. At the English National Opera and the Holland Festival, he conducted the world premiere of last Michel van der Aa's opera, The Sunken Garden.

This season returns André de Ridder at London's South Bank Centre back to the UK premiere of Terry Riley's Organ Concerto and the BBC Concert Orchestra with Cameron Carpenter as a soloist. He follows re-invitations to London Sinfonietta, Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, La Poissant Rouge New York, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival. In addition, he makes his debut at the Finnish National Opera Kaija Saariaho with "Emilie".

His discography includes the winner of the Echo Klassik recording of Max Richter's Four Seasons "Recomposed" with Daniel Hope and the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin (DG), the Grammy nominated album, Plastic Beach, the cartoon band Gorillaz (EMI), and Damon Albarn's Dr. Dee (Virgin). A recording of works by Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood with the Copenhagen Philharmonic is published by the German Grammophon.

André de Ridder learned his craft under Leopold Hager and Sir Colin Davis at the music academies in Vienna and London, where he studied with Hiro Kurasaki and Simon Standag addition to conducting and baroque violin. One focus of his work lies in the UK. From 2005 to 2007 he was Assistant Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, 2007, he was nominated for the "Young Artist Award" of the Royal Philharmonic Society. By 2012 he held the position of Principal Conductor of the Sinfonia Viva.

SEASON 2014/2015


„[...] one of the world's most daring conductors [...].“

The Wall Street Journal, Peter Tinti, 23.10.13

„André de Ridder, conducting with a click track and using a score that incorporated images from the films, held all of the elements together with impressive precision.“

The New York Times, Steve Smith, 16.04.13

„Owen Pallett’s ‘Violin Concerto’, which followed, inhabited a strikingly similar place, with textures to which the Britten Sinfonia, under Andre de Ridder’s crisp direction, brought a lovely translucence.“

The Independent, Michael Church, 19.03.12

„The performance, with nine solo singers led by Roderick Williams as the Wandering Jew, a quartet of actors and the BBC Singers and Symphony Orchestra under André de Ridder, is first rate; it's a major undertaking that has been realised with great care.“

The Guardian, Andrew Clements, 16.06.11

„Anna Clyne's ambitious Rewind, played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by an indefatigable André de Ridder, stays in the memory despite so much competition.“

The Observer, Fiona Maddocks, 15.05.11

„But my own favourite was Michael Gordon’s Rewriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the conductor André de Ridder smearing a path between recognisable fragments of the masterwork. It was instructive, impish and enjoyable.“

The Times, Geoff Brown, 9.05.11

„The BBC Symphony Orchestra under guest conductor André de Ridder, captured the work's beatific detachment to perfection.“

theartsdesk.com, 9.05.11



Vivaldi - Die Vier JahreszeitenAndré de Ridder dirigiert das Kammerorchester Berlin mit Vivaldis Vier JahreszeitenAug. 2012, Deutsche Grammophon, CD, Verfügbar bei: Amazon
Robert Saxton: The Wandering JewAndré de Ridder dirigiert das Boston Symphony OrchestraJun. 2011, NMC Recordings, CD, Verfügbar bei: iTunes Amazon