Conductor André de Ridder has produced records in Africa, has curated innovative concert series in Melbourne, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Helsinki (as artistic director of the Musica nova Helsinki Festival), and commissioned genre-defying projects with his musicians’ collective s t a r g a z e. He has formed relationships with diverse artists including Kaija Saariaho, Uri Caine, Bryce Dessner, Michel van der Aa, and Damon Albarn, and performs at the BBC Proms, Iceland Airwaves, Sydney, Holland, and other festivals. He has worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Last season’s highlights included debuts with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He led the world premiere of Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains at Dutch National Opera, directed by Peter Sellars, which he later revived at Finnish National Opera. Previous premieres include Albarn’s musical theater works, Donnacha Dennehy’s The Last Hotel, Gerald Barry’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and van der Aa’s The Sunken Garden. He collaborated with Barrie Kosky on a Monteverdi project at Komische Oper Berlin and makes debuts at Danish National Opera with the premiere of Daniel Bjarnason’s Brothers, directed by Kasper Holten. 2017–18 he makes his Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España debut and curates Spitalfields Music’s Winter Festival in London. In 2013 Mr. de Ridder founded s t a r g a z e; operating from Berlin and establishing a home at the Volksbühne theater, their s t a r g a z e presents festival has featured artists like Terry Riley, Tyondai Braxton, Nils Frahm, Pantha du Prince, and Pekka Kuusisto. . They appear regularly at the Barbican Centre and at Ruhrtriennale, and in 2015 unveiled s t a r g a z e orchestral. The current season included their BBC Proms debut reinterpreting David Bowie’s work, and debuts at Paris Philharmonie and in New York City. André de Ridder’s discography includes Max Richter’s The Four Seasons Recomposed (DG, 2013 ECHO Klassic award) and orchestral music by Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood (DG). He was producer on Africa Express Presents: In C Mali (Transgressive Records), which followed a trip to Bamako, Mali, with Albarn and his Africa Express project, where de Ridder initiated a recording of Riley’s In C with local musicians and western artists including Brian Eno and Albarn. He was educated in Berlin and studied at the music academies of Vienna and London, under Leopold Hager and Colin Davis.
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