Phoenix Symphony Edwin Outwater
With the upcoming show, the creative director will be playing his fifth season. This is also the time in nearly 10 years that he released his composition through a recording company. The album was called “From Here On Out”, and it featured the orchestra playing music by Richard Red Parry, Jonny Greenwoodand Nico Muhly. Moreover, the orchestra has also been playing a highly acclaimed series called “Intersection” in which they take different genres and give them completely new interpretations. Hence, the name of the show comes from the concept itself, which is crossing together a genre and a separate arrangement, while making it sound as one.
Outwater has performed as part of many different orchestras for various important occasions. In 2009, he had the chance to collaborate with the composer Nicole Lizee and Basia Bulat,
a folk singer for their performance in Waterloo in which they put together a show exploring progressive rock. This was also the season in which he got to be part of the “Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener”. In this program, he took on administrative office, and organized a hub of many disciplines for the wider community.
This year round, he will not only be performing with the Phoenix Symphony, but will also be going back to his own in Toronto. He will also be a special guest with the Chicago Symphony and the New World Symphony. Outwater will also be joining the “BBC National Orchestra of Wales” for their famous performance at the “Proms” which honors both classical music, and theme scores from various BBC television shows. In addition to this, he will be serving as the conductor to the “Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra”, and the “New York Symphony Orchestra”. He is quite experienced as a conductor, having worked with music groups from all around the United States as well as Canada. In the US, he has worked with the various orchestras of Houston, Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco and Seattle amongst others, while in Canada; he has worked as the artistic director of the “National Arts Centre Orchestra”, and the different symphonies of Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Victoria, and Toronto.
Apart from performing around North America, Outwater has also made a name for himself overseas. He has been part of the “Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra” and the “New Zealand Symphony”. This year will mark yet another one of his tours to the UK, for he will once again be joining the “BBC National Orchestra of Wales”. Amongst the famous venues he has performed at are the “Sydney Opera House”, and the “Carnegie Hall”. More recently, he was famously part of the associate conductors’ team that put together the “YouTube symphony projects”.
Outwater’s repertoire is long and extensive. He was the creative director of “San Francisco Symphony” for five years. During this time, he worked with some of the top names in the classical world, including Michael Tilson Thomas. He joined him on a tour, often conducting some of the shows. In 2002, he stood alongside Kurt Masur to conduct the popular “Britten’s War Requiem”. Moreover, in this time, he worked with Yo Yo Ma, and Evelyn Glennie. When Michael Tilson Thomas’s health started to decline and he would have to opt out of his shows,