Andris Nelsons
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Biography

Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, with the appointment commencing in February 2018. With these positions, and in leading a pioneering alliance between two such esteemed institutions, Grammy Award-winning Nelsons is firmly underlined as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today.

Nelsons began his tenure as Music Director of the BSO in the 2014/15 season and after one year his contract was extended through the 2021/22 season. In summer 2015 and spring 2016, the BSO and Nelsons embarked on their first European tours and in November 2017 they tour to Japan together for the first time, notably with three performances in Suntory Hall. Nelsons gave his debut with the Gewandhausorchester in 2011, followed by regular performances at the Gewandhaus in subsequent years. In February 2018 Nelsons receives the title of Gewandhauskapellmeister, in a four week inaugural festival, which also marks the 275th Jubiläumssaison of the orchestra. From April 2018, Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester embark upon their first European tour together, with performances at prestigious venues including the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Musikverein Vienna.


 

In the 2017/2018 season Nelsons is Artist in Residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and continues his regular collaboration with Wiener Philharmoniker, leading the orchestra on tour to China, with double dates in five cities including Shanghai, Macao and Guangzhou. Throughout his career, Nelsons has also established regular collaborations with Het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Philharmonia Orchestra. In the pit, Nelsons has been a regular guest at the Bayreuther Festspiele and also at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where he will conduct Lohengrin in David Alden’s new production this season.

Andris Nelsons has an exclusive recording relationship with Deutsche Grammophon, which has paved the way for three landmark projects. Nelsons and the BSO partner on recording the complete Shostakovich symphonies, and the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District. The first and second instalments in this exciting collaboration have both received consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral performance, 2016 and 2017. Nelsons and the yellow label also embark upon a collaboration with the Gewandhausorchester that sheds new light on the symphonies of Bruckner, redefining Bruckner’s very distinctive sound world, the most recent release of Bruckner’s Symphony No.3, receiving widespread critical acclaim. Furthermore, Nelsons will record Beethoven’s complete symphonies with the Wiener Philharmoniker between 2016-2019, and Nelsons returns to perform the complete cycle in 2020, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2015, Principal Conductor of Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany 2006-2009 and Music Director of Latvian National Opera 2003-2007.

SAISON 2017/2018

Quotes

“One rarely hears Brucker in such a finely tuned and sensitive way.”

Fono Forum, Werner Pfister, 08.17

“What a sound empire!”

NZZ am Sonntag, Christian Berzins, 04.06.17

“One immediately notices that this sensitive, highly communicative and symphonically inspired conductor finds immediate access to Bruckner's large-scale structures and enhancements.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Harald Eggebrecht, 30.05.17

“breadth and power are the watchwords, […] leavened here by the Leipzig players’ warmth of sound and expressiveness”

Financial Times, Richard Fairman, 26.05.17

“Nelsons brings out new glories from all corners of this really superb orchestra again and again”

Leipziger Volkszeitung, Peter Korfmacher, 13.05.17

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Discography

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3Wagner Tannhäuser OvertureMay. 2017, Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Music), CD, Available on: iTunes AmazonSpotify
Under Stalin's ShadowDMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH, Symphonies Nos. 5,8 & 9 Incidental music to HamletMay. 2016, Deutsche Grammophon, CD, Available on: iTunes AmazonApple Music
let me tell youBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons & Barbara HanniganJan. 2016, Winter & Winter, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Shostakovich: Under Stalin's ShadowAndris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" with the Boston Symphony OrchestraJul. 2015, Deutsche Grammophon, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: "Manfred"The programmatic symphony "Manfred" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky was recorded by Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for the Label Orfeo. Also on the disc: the ...May. 2015, Orfeo, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Brahms, Serenade No. 2, Symphonie No. 2Andris Nelsons conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Choir. The recording from 2014 encompasses works by Brahms: the Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16, the ...Apr. 2015, Accentus, DVD, Available on: Amazon
Memorial Concert for Claudio AbbadoIn August 2014, Andris Nelsons conducted a memorial concert in Lucerne to honour the late Claudio Abbado.Jan. 2015, Accentus, DVD, Available on: Amazon
Wagner: Tannhäuser; Sibelius, Symphony No. 2Andris Nelsons and das Boston Symphony Orchestra recorded Wagner's "Tannhäuser" and the 2nd Symphony by Sibelius for the orchestra's label, BSO Classics.Dec. 2014, BSO Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Wagner: The Flying DutchmanRichard Wagner's "Flying Dutchman", recorded by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Radio choirs of the Bavarian Radio, the NDR and WDR, under the baton of Andris Nelsons. The ...Dec. 2014, RCO Live, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Strauss: Thus spake Zarathustra, Macbeth, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry PranksA DVD with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Andris Nelsons' batonDec. 2014, C-Major, DVD, Available on: Amazon
Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra Op. 30, Don Juan Op.20, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Op. 28The year of Richard Strauss's 150th birthdayApr. 2014, Orfeo, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Genius on Fire - a documentary on Andris Nelsons50 minutes documentary on conductor Andris Nelsons.Dec. 2013, Film Fritz & Orfeo, DVD, Available on: Amazon
Johannes Brahms: Piano concerto 1 & 2Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Wiener Philharmoniker. Hélène Grimaud plays the solo part in Brahms' 1st and 2nd piano concerto.Sep. 2013, Deutsche Grammophon, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
From the new worldAndris Nelsons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with works by Ives, Adams, Stravinsky and Dvorák.Jun. 2013, C Major, DVD, Available on: Amazon
Antonin DvorákAndris Nelsons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with works by Antonin Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 & "Heldenlied", op.111Mar. 2013, BR Klassik, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad"Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra present Shostakovich's 7th Symphony "Leningrad".Oct. 2012, Orfeo, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Wagner: LohengrinAndris Nelsons conducts Wagner's 'Lohengrin' at the Festspiele Bayreuth.Oct. 2012, Opus Arte, CD, Available on: Amazon
Benjamin Britten: War RequiemCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Erin Wall, Mark Padmore, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, CBSO Chorus and CBSO Youth ChorusOct. 2012, Arthaus, DVD, Available on: Amazon
Puccini: Suor AngelicaAndris Nelsons conducts the WDRRundfunkorchester and the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne. Kristine Opolais sings Angelica one of our most exciting young Puccini sopranos, Lioba Braun ...Aug. 2012, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Shostakovich Symphony No. 8Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra present Shostakovich's 8th Symphony.May. 2012, Unitel, DVD, Available on: Amazon
Beethoven's piano concerto No.5 and 'Scheherazade' by Rimsky-KorsakovThe Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Andris Nelsons, Yefim BronfmanApr. 2012, Unitel, DVD, Available on: Amazon
TschaikowskyAndris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra present works by Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in f minor op.36 & Francesca Da Rimini op.32Oct. 2011, Orfeo, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Chopin Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2Nelsons with the Staatskapelle Berlin and the first and second piano concertos by Frédéric Chopin. Daniel Barenboim plays the solo part.Sep. 2011, Arthaus, DVD, Available on: Amazon
Richard StraussAndris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with works by Richard Strauss: Alpensinfonie & Salomes DanceFeb. 2011, Orfeo, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
TschaikovskyAndris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with works by Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" – Fantasy-Overture & Symphony No. 6 ("Pathétique")Nov. 2010, Orfeo, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
La BohèmeAt the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Andris Nelsons conducts La Bohème.Jun. 2010, Opus Arte, DVD, Available on: Amazon
Igor StravinskyAndris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with works by Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird & Symphony of PsalmsMar. 2010, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Richard StraussAndris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with works by Richard Strauss: Rosenkavalier-Suite & Ein Heldenleben op. 40Jan. 2010, Orfeo, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon

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