Bernard Haitink was born and trained in Amsterdam. His conducting career began in 1954 at the Netherlands Radio, where he took part in their intensive conductors’ courses, and where in 1957 he became the Chief Conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He went on to become Chief Conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years. He is now Patron of the Radio Philharmonic, and Honorary Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
A regular guest conductor with the Orchestra, his LSO Live catalogue includes acclaimed recordings of Brahms, Bruckner and a cycle of the complete Beethoven Symphonies which BBC Music Magazine named their 'benchmark'.
His latest album adds to this acclaimed series, pairing two Beethoven concertos performed by Maria João Pires, Gordan Nikolitch, Tim Hugh and Lars Vogt.