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Edwin Outwater is Music Director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and Director of Summer Concerts at the San Francisco Symphony. In the 2014-15 season, his eighth as Music Director of the KWS, Mr. Outwater leads the orchestra in a diverse array of programs, including “The Mozart Phenomenon”; a collaboration with Time for Three; a program focusing on Stravinsky and another of works inspired by Shakespeare; music and comedy from composers including Rossini and PDQ Bach; and works by contemporary Canadian composers. He also continues the orchestra’s groundbreaking “Intersections” series of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations. In 2011 Mr. Outwater 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. Highlights of Mr. Outwater’s work with the San Francisco Symphony this season include appearances leading the New Year's Eve concert with Seth MacFarlane as well as family concerts, and co-curating a program for the SFS’s new SoundBox series, with Nathaniel Stookey. He also appears this season with the Milwaukee Symphony and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. A native of Santa Monica, California, Mr. Outwater graduated from Harvard University and UC Santa Barbara. 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.

(May 2015)