Andre de Ridder

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Meet the Conductor: Andre de Ridder

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Conductor Andre de Ridder is headed back to Melbourne to lead the MSO through compositions by Mozart, Ravel, and the Australian Premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Mannequin.

I am especially excited to return to Melbourne since my previous visit as curator/conductor of the MSO’s legendary Metropolis Festival in 2015, it was such a wonderful, fulfilling experience. It’s great to be back and to pick up a major new orchestral work by one of the most fascinating living composers. Along with that I can pick up where I left off in 2015, and extend my MSO collaboration to two other realms of repertoire beloved to me: Mozart and Ravel.

All of the works that we are performing are very close to my heart. The Mozart symphony is one of many lesser known works of the classical genius, and is one that audiences are always enchanted by, amazed to discover, and left wondering why they haven’t heard it before! The one we’re performing is a particular gem, too.

I love being in Melbourne. I love working with such a wonderful orchestra, and I suppose the food and coffee aren’t bad either…