KD SCHMID André de Ridder


André de Ridder

Biography – about the artist.

Designated Generalmusikdirektor of Theater Freiburg, starting September 2022
founder of  s t a r g a z e

André de Ridder is the newly-announced G the Theater Freiburg, beginning his tenure in September 2022. He is in demand for his impressive stylistic versatility, from baroque to contemporary music. His projects and collaborations have taken him to orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orchestre de Paris and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

De Ridder starts the 2021/2022 season with a six-concert tour of Germany with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, in a typically adventurous programme of works by Bryce Dessner, Nicole Lizée, Mozart and Schumann. He also makes debut appearances with the Orquestra Gulbenkian and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and returns to Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Concertgebouworkest. He also continues his curatorship and performances of ‘Unclassified Live’ at London’s Southbank Centre, a series of genre-defying performances, based on the BBC Radio 3 programme. This is co-curated and presented by the programme’s presenter Elizabeth Alker.

The 'livewire conductor' (The Times) is equally active in the field of opera and music theatre, forming close relationships with some of the most prominent opera composers of our time, including Kaija Saariaho, Daníel Bjarnason, Michel van der Aa and also performing repertoire works such as ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’ and ‘Nixon in China’. In recent seasons, he has therefore worked with directors such as Kasper Holten, Barrie Kosky, Peter Sellars, Marco Štorman and Enda Walsh. This season he will return to Theater Basel for a production of Philip Glass’s ‘Einstein on the Beach’ and to Staatstheater Stuttgart for performances of ‘Scenes from Goethe’s Faust’ by Schumann, and furthermore make his debut at Oper Köln, for performances of ‘Der Meister und Margarita’ by York Höller.

In 2013, he founded s t a r g a z e, performing projects ranging from Bach to Beethoven to avant-garde electronics, and contemporary classical music. The group have gained a significant following and are regularly invited by leading concert halls, including the Barbican Centre London, the Kölner Philharmonie and Philharmonie de Paris, plus Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. In the current season, they continue to present '(not) Another Beethoven Cycle', a re-examination of all of Beethoven's symphonies, commissioning a host of artists from a diverse range of disciplines to respond to each symphony. The project has so far appeared at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Helsinki Festival, Lucerne Festival and Kölner Philharmonie.

De Ridder's discography also includes the hugely successful ‘Four Seasons Recomposed’ by Max Richter (Deutsche Grammophon) and an album of orchestral music by Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood (Deutsche Grammophon). The Max Richter recording was awarded an ECHO Klassik 'Classic Without Borders' award 2013. De Ridder also acted as producer on the release of 'Africa Express Presents: In C Mali' on Transgressive Records. This followed a trip to Bamako, Mali, with Damon Albarn and his Africa Express project. In Mali, de Ridder initiated and led a recording of Riley's 'In C' with local musicians, joined by travelling western artists including Brian Eno and Damon Albarn.

De Ridder was Artistic Director of Musica Nova Helsinki until 2021, and in 2018 was the recipient of a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for his work as Artistic Curator of London's Spitalfields Festival.

SAISON 2021/2022

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Southbank Centre


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Maison symphonique de Montréal


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Korundi House of Culture


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Sami Cultural Centre Sajos


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Orchestra Hall Symphony Center



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Gashouder Westergasfabriek


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Bryce Dessner & Jonny Greenwood

St. Carolyn By The Sea & Suite From "There Will Be Blood"

03.2014, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Recomposed by Max Richter

Vivaldi, The Four Seasons

01.2014, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Damon Albarn

Dr Dee

05.2012, Plg Warner, CD

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The Wandering Jew

Robert Saxton

09.2011, NMC, CD

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Musica nova: festival announces it will go ahead

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„Under the fiery baton of André de Ridder, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra gave a spectacular reading of Bartók’s score. This was virtouso playing, worthy of any international symphony orchestra, with Ridder bringing a powerful intensity to the performance.“

Opera Magazine, Ian Fox, 01.01.2019

„The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, under Andre de Ridder, delivers a thrilling, sensitive take on Bartok’s music, wringing out all the drama, dissonance and momentum of a score that is proto-cinematic.“

Irish Examiner, Alan O’Riordan, 17.10.2018

„This [Debussy’s La mer] was a gorgeous performance with the brass and woodwind sections notably enjoying the rich orchestration. From its opening evocation of dawn on the ocean to the final movement’s violent contest between air and water, the APO and de Ridder gave us an exhilarating version full of colour and variety.“

radionz.co.nz, 06.10.2017

„Under careful and strict conducting by André de Ridder, the performance was tight and exciting.“

Bachtrack, Leopold Tobisch, 16.11.2016