Edwin Outwater served as Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony from 2001 to 2006. He also served as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2001 to 2005. In both capacities, he has worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas, accompanying the Orchestra on tour and conducting numerous concerts each season.
Mr. Outwater made his subscription concert debut with the San Francisco Symphony in October 2002, conducting the chamber ensemble in Britten’s War Requiem as he shared the podium with Kurt Masur, and he led the full orchestra in subscription performances in December of that year, in a program featuring the American premiere of Robin Holloway’s Viola Concerto. In October 2003 he led subscription concerts with soloist Evelyn Glennie, in the West Coast premiere of Chen Yi’s Percussion Concerto, and conducted the orchestra with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a special concert tribute to the late Agnes Albert. During the 2003-2004 season, Mr. Outwater stepped in on two subscription programs for an ailing Michael Tilson Thomas, conducting performances of Stravinsky’s complete Pulcinella, as well as works by Beethoven and Cherubini. He recently led the orchestra in his final subscription week of concerts (May, 2006) in a charismatic rendering of HK Gruber’s “Frankenstein!” with Gruber as soloist.
As Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Outwater 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, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and returned to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
In North America, Mr. Outwater has appeared as guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the orchestras of Colorado, San Diego, Utah, Phoenix, North Carolina, Honolulu, Edmonton, Louisiana, New Mexico, Alabama Symphony, and Santa Barbara. Internationally, he as appeared with the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Adelaide Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand.
In the 2005-2006 season Mr. Outwater made his debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Portland (ME) Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony. He appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the first time in July, 2006, and debuted with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in August, 2006 along with a return to the Festival-Institue at Round Top in July, 2006 as well.
This concert season (2006-07), Mr. Outwater returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra Miami, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Portland (ME) Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra. He will make his first UK appearance as conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and will conduct the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in several programs. In New York he will lead the Mannes School of Music Orchestra at a Lincoln Center concert in April, 2007.
Before joining the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Outwater served as Resident Conductor and Associate Guest Conductor of the Florida Philharmonic. He has also held posts as Associate Conductor of the Festival-Institute at Round Top (a renowned music-training program based in Texas), Principal Conductor of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Molise, Italy, and Assistant Conductor of the Tulsa Philharmonic.
Mr. Outwater’s work in music education and community outreach has been widely acclaimed. In 2004 his education programs were given the Leonard Bernstein award for excellence in educational programming, and his Chinese New Year Program was given the MET LIFE award for community outreach. At the San Francisco Symphony, he conducts Family Concerts, Adventures in Music performances, which are heard by more than 25,000 students from San Francisco schools each year, and Concerts for Kids, which serve students from throughout Northern California. In Florida, Mr. Outwater designed the Florida Philharmonic Family Series and its Music for Youth program, which was heard annually by more than 40,000 fifth-grade students in South Florida. He appears frequently with youth orchestras throughout the United States and across the world. Mr. Outwater has served as music director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and has been on the faculties of the University of Tulsa, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
A native of Santa Monica, California, Edwin Outwater attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude in 1993 with a degree in English literature. 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. He received his master's degree in conducting from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Heiichiro Ohyama, and Paul Polivinick.