André de Ridder’s stylistic versatility, projects and collaborations make him much in demand by the BBC Proms, the Holland, Sydney and Manchester International Festivals, and orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Forthcoming debuts include Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
He is Artistic Director of Musica Nova Helsinki, founder of the groundbreaking ensemble ‘s t a r g a z e’, and in 2018 he received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for his work as Artistic Curator of London's Spitalfields Festival. This season, in collaboration with London’s Southbank Centre, he launches a series of genre-defying concerts, ‘Unclassified Live’, based on the BBC Radio 3 programme, and co-curated and presented by the programme’s presenter Elizabeth Alker.
In the field of opera, De Ridder maintains close relationships with some of the most prominent composers of our time, including Kaija Saariaho, Daníel Bjarnason, Michel van der Aa, whilst also performing repertoire works such as ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’ and ‘Nixon in China’. He has worked with directors including Kasper Holten, Barrie Kosky, Peter Sellars, Marco Štorman and Enda Walsh, and appeared at Staatstheater Stuttgart, Finnish National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Irish National Opera and Den Jyske Opera.
With ‘s t a r g a z e’, performing projects ranging from Bach to Beethoven to avant-garde electronics and contemporary classical music, the group are regularly invited by leading concert halls including the Barbican Centre London, Kölner Philharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. In 2020, they present '(not) Another Beethoven Cycle', a re-examination of all of Beethoven's symphonies.
De Ridder's discography includes ‘Four Seasons Recomposed’ by Max Richter (DG), orchestral music by Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood (DG), and 'Africa Express Presents: In C Mali' (Transgressive Records), a recording he produced with Malian and western artists including Brian Eno and Damon Albarn.
You can see André de Ridder in action at The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Transformations on Thursday 23 April.