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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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LuganoNelsons and Gabetta: Romances with Leipzig

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Dvořák, Tchaikovsky
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Sol Gabetta

New York CityBoston Symphony Orchestra & Kavakos perform Unsuk Chin

Carnegie Hall Corporation
Ives, Chin, Berlioz
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Leonidas Kavakos

New York CityBerg's Wozzeck with the Boston Symphony OrchestraConcert performance

Carnegie Hall Corporation
Berg: Wozzeck
Andris Nelsons; Bo Skovhus; Christine Goerke; Franz Hawlata; Christopher Ventris
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Nelson and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra in Riga

Latvia's prodigal son returns to the golden hall of the Latvian National Opera House for two superb evenings with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
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Stormy Brahms from Trifonov and the BSO at Tanglewood

Concerto and symphony – in reversal of the usual order – from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons.
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Nelsons and Skride bring a different perspective to Sibelius

Skride’s approach is not based on power, glamour or virtuosity but is anchored by poetic expressivity and tonal beauty
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The Boston Symphony Orchestra rejoins Tanglewood

Emanuel Ax joins Nelsons and the BSO for Beethoven's big fives to re-open live music at Tanglewood.
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Distinctive Wagner and Brahms from Nelsons and the Munich Philharmonic

In the outstanding acoustics of the Philharmonie im Gasteig, the occasion proved both orchestra and conductor as exceptional interpreters.

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Finale of Andris Nelsons' Paths of Romanticism in Boston

Nelsons, in his “Paths of Romanticism” series, has chosen programs that can be played by a small chamber group made up some of the world’s finest musicians.
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