A versatile conductor, André de Ridder works with such artists and ensembles as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the cartoon band Gorillaz, jazz musician Uri Caine, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and such adventurous pop musicians as Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and Bryce Dessner of The National.
His orchestral and operatic performances include not only classical repertoire, but also premieres and world premieres of new compositions and special combinations. De Ridder’s passion for developing contemporary music, with which he builds bridges between the classical, pop and operatic worlds, has earned him a reputation as ‘one of the world’s most daring conductors’ (The Wall Street Journal).
He is a regular guest at such international festivals as the BBC Proms, the Holland Festival, the Venice Biennale and the Sydney Festival.
De Ridder grew up in Germany, studied with Leopold Hager in Vienna and Sir Colin Davis in London, and served as assistant conductor with the Hallé Orchestra during the 2005–6 season. He is making his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.