Since 2017, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Boston Symphony Orchestra have been artistic partners, collaborating extensively on programming, personnel development, and training. Find out more about the unique alliance of these two renowned orchestras.


Under the direction of Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Gewandhausorchester (GHO) alliance is a new multidimensional collaboration designed to create opportunities for these two orchestras and their respective audiences to explore each ensemble & unique world of music-making and discover the great traditions and historic accomplishments that have played an important role in building their reputations as two of the worlds great orchestras.

In addition, the programs of the BSO/GHO alliance will celebrate the shared mutual heritage of these two orchestras, while also shedding light on the overall culture of each ensemble and the cities they are proud to call home.

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I am incredibly grateful to all my colleagues at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester for coming together with me in a spirit of great camaraderie to create a new and absolutely unique partnership in music-making.

Musicians Exchange

Boston Symphony Orchestra / Gewandhausorchester Musician Exchange Program

Another highlight of the BSO/GHO Alliance is a musician exchange program offering musicians from each orchestra a rare opportunity to spend 3-6 months performing with its partner orchestra in the latter’s home city.

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Below are the upcoming concerts in the current season which are part of the alliance. These include concerts which include alliance commissions, ‘Boston Week in Leipzig’ or ‘Leipzig Week in Boston’, and joint concerts.


The BSO/GHO Alliance, under the leadership of Andris Nelsons, features a series of co-commissions, with new works presented each year of the partnership, starting with works by German composer Jörg Widmann and American composer Sean Shepherd which premiered in Boston and Leipzig in the 2017-18 season.

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