Bernard Haitink, now 91, (October 2020) is the revered Dutch conductor who has worked for many decades in the UK, as well as conducting orchestras around Europe and in America.
In the UK he has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
He has made a huge number of recordings including the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, Mahler, Shostakovich and Vaughan Williams.
Bernard Haitink, the Enigmatic Maestro was recently on BBC Four and is now available on BBC iPlayer. This documentary includes an extended interviews with him and his contemporaries. He discusses the art of conducting and his slow and troubled progress to his present status as one of the world’s leading conductors. He comes over as a fascinating, shy man, lacking in confidence in spite of his huge success.
Bernard Haitink, the Enigmatic Maestro is available on i-player until 25th October 2020.