Edwin Outwater is Artistic Director of the Eastern Sierra Symphony, a music festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA; Artistic Director of The Line-Up in Chicago; and Music Director Laureate of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Outwater’s recent projects include Sound Health, a collaboration with soprano Renée Fleming, the Kennedy Center, and the National Institutes of Health; and a jazz version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, with Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony. This season he appears in his debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall in a concert for families featuring a world premiere of composer Caroline Shaw, narrated by actor John Lithgow. He also introduces Chicago to The Line-Up, an outdoor concert series he created and curates at The Park at Wrigley, which combines multi-genre music performances with the technology and capabilities of professional sports.
Mr. Outwater’s guest conducting schedule this season includes debuts with the Nagoya Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Japan’s Pacific Music Festival; return engagements with the Chicago, National, Indianapolis, New World, and Colorado symphonies, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, with Yo-Yo Ma; and a residency at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Mr. Outwater has enjoyed a long association with the San Francisco Symphony, of which he previously served as director of summer concerts from 2014 to 2017, resident conductor from 2001 to 2006, and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2001 to 2005.
He served as music director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 2007 to 2017, with whom he recorded From Here On Out, featuring music by Nico Muhly, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, on the Analekta label. His other recordings include Expanded, with These New Puritans, and Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Unremembered.
A native of Santa Monica, CA, Edwin Outwater graduated cum laude in English literature from Harvard University, and he received his master’s in conducting from UC Santa Barbara. For more information, visit edwinoutwater.com.