Bernard Haitink first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956. He was the orchestra's chief conductor from 1961-88, and named honorary conductor in 1999 in recognition of his many artistic achievements. Upon ending his tenure in Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink was Music Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for over fourteen years. He has also been Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Bernard Haitink has close relationships with many other of the world’s great orchestras. He is Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony, and an honorary member of both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Bernard Haitink has received many awards and distinctions. He was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau (1969), Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion (1980), Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau (1988) and Commander in Order of the Netherlands Lion (2017).