ON-Lion Letter
In late September, Edo de Waart began his first season as music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts' Uihlein Hall.  De Waart is MSO's sixth music director.  He is also chief conductor and artistic director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland.

Born in Holland, de Waart studied oboe, piano, and conducting at the Music Lyceum in Amsterdam.  Upon graduation, he won the position of associate principal oboe of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Two years later, at the age of 23, he won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York, which resulted in his appointment as assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic.

On his return to Holland, de Waart was appointed assistant conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  In 1967, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appointed him permanent guest conductor and six years later, chief conductor and artistic director.  Since then, de Waart has been the artistic director of the Netherlands Radio and Television Music Centre, music director of the San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra, leader of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, chief conductor and artist director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and chief conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports MSO.
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