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Performer: Andris Nelsons

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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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TokyoAndris Nelsons conducts Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

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Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Andris Nelsons

TokyoAndris Nelsons conducts Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

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Bruckner: Symphony no. 8 in C minor, WAB 108
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Andris Nelsons

TokyoAndris Nelsons conducts Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

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Wagner, Bruckner
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Andris Nelsons
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Winter balm in the Boston Symphony's “Spirit of Beethoven”

The Boston Symphony Orchestra © Aram Boghosian
Excellent camera work contributed to the transparency and clarity by visualizing the interplay between various instruments and sections in the reduced orchestra, especially the eloquent winds.
*****
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No illusions: Andris Nelsons and BSO return as clear as crystal

Andris Nelsons © Aram Boghosian
As if they’d never been apart, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra pick up where they left off a year ago, with a vibrant Eroica and two mesmerising contemporary pieces.
*****
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Digital challenge in the Digital Concert Hall

Andris Nelsons conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © Stephan Rabold
Stravinsky's Violin Concerto is a favourite of Baiba Skride's, played here with evident enthusiasm, and a chamber music feel to the interchanges with the wind and brass. 
****1
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Mahler in all his might: raising the roof in Salzburg

Andris Nelsons conducts the Vienna Philharmonic © Salzburg Festival | Marco Borrelli
In a pandemic era of chamber reductions, the joy in this Mahler 6 was hearing an orchestra of 108 musicians let off the leash. 
****1
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Three's a crowd: the Vienna Philharmonic packs in Beethoven 1, 2 and 3

Andris Nelsons and the Wiener Philharmoniker © Daniel Dittus
At Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, the Wiener Philharmoniker and Andris Nelsons launch a chronological cycle of Beethoven's nine symphonies with the first three sticks of dynamite.
*****
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Revenge, remorse and reminiscence from Nelsons and the BSO

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra © Winslow Townson
As the BSO heads on an international tour, Andris Nelsons leads a program featuring Barber, Shostakovich and Dvořák. 
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