A native of Santa Monica, California, Edwin Outwater attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude in 1993 with a degree in English literature. He received his master’s degree in conducting from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Heiichiro Ohyama and Paul Polivnick. He also studied music theory and composition with John Stewart, Joel Feigin, and Leonard Stein. Mr. Outwater is in his seventh season as Music Director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS). He served as Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony from 2001 to 2006 and from 2001 to 2005 he was Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. His other posts have included resident conductor and associate guest conductor of the Florida Philharmonic, associate conductor of the Festival-Institute at Round Top in Texas, principal conductor of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and assistant conductor of the Tulsa Philharmonic. He participated as associate conductor in both YouTube Symphony projects, at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
In the 2013-14 season, Mr. Outwater leads the KWS in works by Beethoven, Britten, Prokofiev, Debussy,Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, among others, in addition to collaborating with composers Dan Deacon and Nicole Lizée in the ensemble’s Intersections series. Other upcoming highlights include appearances with the Chicago Symphony, New World Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Indianapolis Symphony, and many others.
Last season, Mr. Outwater returned to the Chicago Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, New York City Ballet, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony. Highlights of his 2012-13 season with the KWS included Sarah Kirkland Snider’s indie classical song cycle Penelope, “Bollywood and Beyond,” with Indian virtuosos Trichy and Suba Sankaran, and works by Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Stewart Goodyear, and Magnus Lindberg, as well as Cameron Carpenter’s The Scandal, with the composer on organ. In 2011 Mr. Outwater also directed the KWS on its first commercial CD release in more than a decade, From Here On Out, which features the music of Nico Muhly, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, on the Analekta label.