Edwin Outwater is Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Since his appointment in 2007, he has gained international attention for his innovative projects and imaginative programs.
Mr. Outwater’s recent highlights include his opera debut with the San Francisco Opera and appearances with the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. In North America, Mr. Outwater has conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, St. Louis, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, and many others. International appearances include the New Zealand Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Adelaide Symphony, the Malmö SymfoniOrkester, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Xalapa, and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Edwin Outwater was Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony from 2001-2006. While there, he worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Outwater conducted the world premiere performance and recording of The Composer is Dead, by Nathaniel Stookey and Lemony Snicket. His recording with the SFS of the music of Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate was released to wide acclaim.
As an educator, Mr. Outwater has worked with the New World Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand, and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He was the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2001-2005.
Mr. Outwater has also served as Associate Guest Conductor of the Florida Philharmonic, Associate Conductor of the Festival-Institute at Round Top, and Assistant Conductor of the Tulsa Philharmonic.
A native of Santa Monica, California, Edwin Outwater attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude with a degree in English literature. He received his master’s degree in conducting from UC Santa Barbara.