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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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BrusselsNelsons conducts Beethoven

Nelsons conducts Beethoven
Beethoven, Dean, Scriabin
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Håkan Hardenberger; Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor)

AmsterdamNelsons conducts Beethoven

Nelsons conducts Beethoven
Beethoven, Dean, Scriabin
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Håkan Hardenberger; Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor)

BostonAndris Nelsons conducts Barber, Shostakovich, and Dvořák

Barber, Shostakovich, Dvořák
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons

BostonAndris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Dvořák

Shostakovich, Beethoven, Dvořák
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Yefim Bronfman

BostonAndris Nelsons conducts Bartók, Mozart, and Ravel

Bartók, Mozart, Ravel
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Yefim Bronfman
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Novelties new and old: Lozakovich, Nelsons, and the Boston Symphony

Daniel Lozakovich, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra © Hilary Scott
Three firsts and an old friend, plus a probing Daniel Lozakovich add up to a memorable evening of music at Symphony Hall. 
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A BSO American premiere, Shostakovich, Ravel with Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida plays the Ravel Piano Concerto © Winslow Townson
Nelsons and the Boston Symphony  present an American premiere, Shostakovich’s Twelth, and dazzling Ravel with Dame Mitsuko Uchida
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Thoroughbreds at the finish line: the Gewandhausorchester in Boston

Andris Nelsons conducts the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester in Boston © Robert Torres
The Gewandhausorchester lends its distinctive voice to Mahler, Schumann, Wagner, and Mendelssohn in its second solo Leipzig Week program
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Gewandhaus rules! Leipzig Week begins in Boston

Leonidas Kavakos and Gautier Capuçon with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester © Robert Torres
Andris Nelsons conducts his "other" orchestra in Boston in a classic program of Brahms and Schubert. 
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Heady potpourri Lee, Shostakovich, Smetana in Boston

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
Yuja Wang embodies the flash, brilliance and wry, irreverent humor of Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto.
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