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Edwin Outwater

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Edwin Maurice Outwater (born 12 April 1971) is an American conductor.



Outwater is a graduate of Harvard University, graduating cum laude in 1993 with a degree in English literature.[1] While at Harvard, he was music director of the Bach Society Orchestra and wrote the music for the 145th annual production of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.[2] He subsequently continued his education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where his instructors included Heiichiro Ohyama and Paul Polivnick. Outwater earned a master's degree in conducting from the University of California, Santa Barbara.[1]

Outwater has served as resident conductor and associate guest conductor of the Florida Philharmonic, where he designed the Florida Philharmonic Family Series and its Music for Youth programmes. He has also been associate conductor of the Festival-Institute at Round Top (a teaching program), principal conductor of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Molise, Italy, and assistant conductor of the Tulsa Philharmonic.[citation needed]

From 2001 to 2006, Outwater was resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony.[3] In parallel, from 2001 to 2005, he was music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra,[3] where he led the orchestra in all of their concerts as well as on tour to Europe in the summer of 2004. During the tour, the orchestra made its debut at Vienna's Musikverein and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and returned to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. In 2004, Outwater's education programs received the Leonard Bernstein award for excellence in educational programming. Outwater has served as music director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and has been on the music faculties of the University of Tulsa, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and University of California, Santa Barbara.[citation needed]

From 2007 to 2017, Outwater was music director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.[4] In April 2020, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music announced the appointment of Outwater as its music director.[5]

In July 2022, Outwater first guest-conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra (BBC CO) at the BBC Proms,[6] in what was also his Proms debut. He returned to the BBC Proms and the BBC Concert Orchestra in July 2023.[7] In June 2024, the BBC CO announced the appointment of Outwater as its next principal guest conductor, with the additional title of curator, effective 1 September 2024.[8]


  1. ^ a b Vivien Schweitzer (2006-12-21). "Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Recently Saved, Names Music Director". Playbill. Retrieved 2024-07-05.
  2. ^ Andrew Vowles (January–February 2017). "Maestro prepares for final bow" (PDF). Grand Magazine. Retrieved 2024-07-12.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: date format (link)
  3. ^ a b Kosman, Joshua (2013-10-23). "Former S.F. Symphony resident conductor visits". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  4. ^ Flora Pan (2017-05-24). "After 10 years revitalizing the symphony, Edwin Outwater moves on". CBC News. Retrieved 2024-07-05.
  5. ^ "Edwin Outwater Appointed Music Director Ending Two-Year Search" (Press release). San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 2024-07-05.
  6. ^ Nick Kimberley (2022-07-18). "Cynthia Erivo: Legendary Voices at the BBC Proms - Big sounds kept the crowd happy". The Standard. Retrieved 2024-07-05.
  7. ^ Andrew Perry (2023-07-16). "Prom 2 review: Northern Soul will never be this magnificent again". Telegraph. Retrieved 2024-07-05.
  8. ^ "Edwin Outwater appointed Principal Guest Conductor and Curator of the BBC Concert Orchestra" (Press release). BBC Media Centre. 21 June 2024. Retrieved 2024-07-05.
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Preceded by Music Director, Kitchener–Waterloo Symphony
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