“One of the world’s most daring conductors.” Wall Street Journal

Born in Berlin, de Ridder is the Artistic Director of Musica nova Hel-sinki and founder of the groundbreaking ensemble stargaze. He has given premieres of works by Bryce Dessner, Kaija Saariaho, Donnacha Dennehy, Mica Levi, Wolfgang Rihm and Nico Muhly, amongst many others. He is a regular at such festivals as Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival and Holland Festival and conducts such orchestras as New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Orchestre de Paris and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. With stargaze, his appearances include Ruhrtriennale with Ow-en Pallett, Sacrum Profanum Festival with These New Puritans, Holland’s Rewire Festival, Paris Philharmonie, BBC Proms and the ensemble’s own festival at Volksbühne-Am-Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. His discography includes Max Richter’s The Four Seasons Recomposed (DG), works by Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood (DG), and Africa Express Presents: In C Mali (Transgressive), a recording he produced of Terry Riley’s In C with Malian and western artists including Brian Eno and Damon Albarn.