Biography

Conductor and Co-emcee

EDWIN OUTWATER is a truly visionary conductor. Regularly working with orchestras and institutions throughout the world, he produces, curates, and conducts unique concert experiences. He is adept at interpreting canonical works, regularly premieres new commissions, and connects audiences with repertoire beyond the mainstream.
In September 2020, Mr. Outwater began his tenure as Music Director of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He will continue to make return engagements with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, where he currently holds the position of Music Director Laureate.

Recent guest performance highlights include appearances with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, Saint Louis, Houston, Seattle, and Toronto. International appearances include the Tokyo Symphony, BBCNOW, Brussels Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Mexico City Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta, among others.

Recent highlights of Mr. Outwater’s long association with the San Francisco Symphony include a collaboration between the Orchestra, Mr. Outwater, and legendary metal band Metallica to open San Francisco’s new Chase Center arena. He also regularly conducts and curates the Symphony’s SoundBox series and Holiday Gaiety, an LGBTQ+ holiday concert he created with drag performer Peaches Christ.

Mr. Outwater’s recent curations include “Sound Health,” a collaboration with soprano Renée Fleming, the Kennedy Center, and the National Institutes of Health; and a jazz version of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony. He also appeared with the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s at Carnegie Hall in a concert for families featuring a world premiere of composer Caroline Shaw, narrated by actor John Lithgow.

(7/2022)

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