Bernard Haitink Announces Retirement

By Francisco Salazar

Bernard Haitink has announced his retirement.

The acclaimed conductor, now 90, announced that his final concert on the podium will be on Sept. 6 at the Lucerne Festival. The concert will include Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony.

The concert will be one of two this summer at the Lucerne Festival where he will also conduct Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Ana Maria Richter and Schubert’s Fifth Symphony. He will also conduct at the Salzburg Festival where will perform the same program as his final concert.

He will also conduct his final Amsterdam concert with Camilla Tilling.

Haitink was well-known for his work at the Glyndebourne Festival and Royal Opera, where he served as the music director for a number of years. He was also known for his interpretations of Wagner’s work and conducted at such renowned houses as the  Metropolitan Opera, and Opernhaus Zurich, among others.