André de Ridder
André de Ridder, the artistic director of Musica nova, holds a unique position among contemporary conductors: his stylistic versatility is second to none. He has conducted baroque as well as avant-garde electronic contemporary music, and he is also active in the field of opera and music theatre. De Ridder enjoys working across and between genres. De Ridder has appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Orchestre de Paris and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. De Ridder has made several critically acclaimed recordings, and Four Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter received the ECHO Klassik award for the Classic Without Borders category in 2013. De Ridder’s artistic versatility and tolerant approach are also reflected in Musica nova’s 2021 programme: under his direction, the festival’s works create imaginary places in the spirit of Iannis Xenakis’ Polytopes – interim spaces that only exist in our imagination.
Photo: Marco Borggreve