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Performer: Andris Nelsons

Biography

Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons becomes the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Ray and Maria Stata Music Director in September 2014, following a year as Music Director Designate. In his first season as its fifteenth music director, he will lead the orchestra in ten programs at Symphony Hall, repeating three of them at Carnegie Hall in New York. He made his BSO debut in March 2011 at Carnegie Hall with Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, in place of James Levine, whom he succeeds as music director. He made his Tanglewood debut in July 2012—conducting both the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary Gala—and his Symphony Hall debut in January 2013. Maestro Nelsons’ Boston appointment affirms his place among today’s most sought-after conductors; he is acclaimed for his work in both concert and opera, with such distinguished institutions as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Bayreuth Festival, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His tenure since 2008 as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has encompassed major tours worldwide, as well as regular summer festival appearances, and an ongoing project to record the complete orchestral works of Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss for Orfeo International. He is also the subject of a recent DVD from Orfeo, a documentary film entitled “Andris Nelsons: Genius on Fire.”

Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1978 to a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. Prior to his position with the CBSO, he was principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009, and music director of the Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007.

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LenoxOpening Night at Tanglewood

Mozart, Mahler
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Emanuel Ax

LenoxAndris Nelsons conducts Tower, Previn and Dvorák

Tower, Previn, Dvořák
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Anne-Sophie Mutter

LenoxAndris Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky, Glanert and Shostakovich

Tchaikovsky, Glanert, Shostakovich
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Thomas Rolfs

LenoxAndris Nelsons conducts Copland and Grieg

Copland, Grieg
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Robert Sheena; Thomas Rolfs; Jan Lisiecki

LenoxSaturday Morning Rehearsal

Beethoven, Gruber, Strauss R.
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Håkan Hardenberger
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Virtuosi old and new: Daniil Trifonov at the Berlin Philharmonie

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | DG
Wunderkind Russian piano virtuosi are no novelty in European concert halls. Artistic seriousness and subtle interpretive skill are a harder sell. Daniil Trifonov, a pianist with intelligent and original interpretations that belie a maturity beyond his tender years, closed his season-long residency at the Berlin Philharmonic with a performance of Scriabin's rarely performed piano concerto.
***11
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Pranks, puppets, and the cosmos with Baiba Skride and Andris Nelsons

Baiba Skride, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
The world premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Aether for violin and orchestra shifts attention from Till Eulenspiegel's earthy antics to the cosmic.
*****
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Rachmaninov and Shostakovich from Andris Nelsons and the Boston SO

Andris Nelsons leads Daniil Trifonov and the Boston SO in Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto © Hilary Scott
In its chamber music textures, Shostakovich's 15th couldn’t provide greater contrast to Rachmaninov’s rainforest of notes in this Slavic double bill from Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony. 
****1
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Also sprach Richard Strauss

Renée Fleming with the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
Renée Fleming assumes the role of the Countess is Capriccio as part of an all-Strauss program at Symphony Hall. 
****1
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The healing power of faith: Dvořák‘s Stabat Mater in Boston

Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
Andris Nelsons leads a moving performance of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. 
*****
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