Bernard Haitink was born on March 4, 1929 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands as Bernard Johann Herman Haitink. He is known for his work on Zoolander (2001), Mahler (1974) and The Kid with a Bike (2011).
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1996 (1995 season) for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his conducting of The Royal Opera, Siegfried, and Gotterdammerng at the Royal Opera House.
He was awarded the 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera of 2001 for his constributions to the Royal Opera's Jenufa and The Queen of Spades and the musical directorship of a season at the Royal Opera House.
He was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1977 Queen's Honours List and awarded the Companion of Honour in the 2002 Queen's Honours List for his services to music.