"One of the most exciting and sought-after conductors working today..." (The Guardian)
Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. These two positions, in addition to his leadership of a pioneering alliance between both institutions, have firmly established Grammy Award-winning Nelsons as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today.
Andris Nelsons conducted with concise focus and vigor and elicited the orchestra both tonal beauty and technical precision and visible enthusiasm.
Nelsons began his tenure in Boston in the 2014/15 season, and his position in Leipzig in February 2018. With both orchestras Nelsons continues to embark on highly acclaimed international tours. Autumn 2019 marked a groundbreaking highlight for Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester: following guest performances by the Gewandhausorchester as part of the BSO’s subscription series in Boston, three performances featuring musicians from both institutions within one joint orchestra were given at Boston’s Symphony Hall as part of the alliance between the two orchestras.
Nelsons leaned forward into the sound, sculpting the music with surpassing tenderness.
This 2020/21 season, Nelsons looks forward to returning to the Berliner Philharmoniker and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Other orchestras Nelsons has established regular collaborations with throughout his career include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Wiener Philharmoniker, with whom he conducted the prestigious New Year’s Day concert in 2020, broadcast to millions across the world. Furthermore, in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, the Wiener Philharmoniker and Nelsons presented a cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies on tour last season at the Philharmonie de Paris, Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Nelsons has also enjoyed conducting as a regular guest at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and at the Bayreuther Festspiele.
Andris Nelsons has an exclusive recording relationship with Deutsche Grammophon, which has paved the way for three landmark projects with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Wiener Philharmoniker. Nelsons and the BSO partner on recordings of the complete Shostakovich symphonies and the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. The cycle, already recipient of four Grammy awards in the categories Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, releases its fifth instalment this season. Furthermore, Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester continue their critically acclaimed Bruckner symphonic cycle under the Yellow Label, and also releases its fifth instalment this season. Nelsons’ recordings of Beethoven’s complete symphonies with the Wiener Philharmoniker were released by Deutsche Grammophon in October 2019.
Mr. Nelsons has brought a jolt of youthful energy, along with charisma and accomplishment [to the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall]. The audience gave Mr. Nelsons and the players an enormous ovation. Whatever the future, for now the Boston Symphony has placed its trust in a young dynamo.
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 the Latvian National Opera 2003-2007.