The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn the death of its honorary member Bernard Haitink, who passed away on 21
October 2021 at the age of 92.
Since his debut in March 1964, he conducted the orchestra more than 200 times in the Philharmonie, on tour, at the Easter Festival, the Europakonzert and at the Berlin Waldbühne. His most recent appearance with the
Berliner Philharmoniker was a concert at the Philharmonie Berlin in May 2019 when he conducted Anton
Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony.
In 1994, Bernard Haitink was awarded the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Hans von Bülow Medal, and in October
2004 he was made an honorary member of the orchestra.
Knut Weber and Stefan Dohr, orchestra board:
“For us as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink was more than a highly esteemed conductor – he was
a friend and companion through many decades of making music together. When he made his Philharmoniker
debut in March 1964, he was just 35 years old and at the beginning of a global career. In the decades that
followed, Bernard Haitink was a constant in our lives. He always impressed and inspired us with his qualities –
his great craftsmanship, his perfect knowledge of the score, his warm, noble bearing. In his approach to musicmaking, the free flow of the music was always his ideal. We are very grateful that we were able to perform Anton
Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony with him one last time in May 2019. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a
great conductor and close friend.”