Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink dies aged 92

22 October 2021
By Ellie Palmer
Haitink passed away at his London home on 21 October

Celebrated conductor Bernard Haitink has died at home at the age of 92.

The conductor featured for a number of the world's biggest and most respected orchestras. He made his conducting debut with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956 before becoming principal conductor of the orchestra five years later, where he remained until 1988.

Haitink was also principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1967 to 1979 as well as chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden from 2002 to 2004.

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gave him honorary status in 1999. Upon hearing of his death, the orchestra posted the below on their Instagram feed.


Haitink leaves behind his wife, Patricia Bloomfield, and five children.