Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Nelsons made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in March 2011, leading Mahler’s Symphony no. 9 at Carnegie Hall. In summer 2012, Nelsons made his debut at Tanglewood, and in January 2013, he made his Symphony Hall debut. In summer 2015, following his first year in Boston, Andris Nelsons’ position as BSO Music Director was extended through the 2021-22 season. This appointment firmly underlines Andris Nelsons as one of the most renowned conductors on the international scene today, a distinguished name both on the opera and concert podiums.
Nelsons was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) from 2008 onwards, enjoying critically acclaimed seasons and an outstanding tenure. The 2014/15 season marked their final season together, during which they embarked on an extensive European tour. This tour was concluded with final performances in Birmingham in June 2015, followed by a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the BBC Proms in July. Praised for his profound interpretation of a wide repertoire, commitment to new works and transformative music-making with the CBSO, Nelsons received the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award as Conductor in spring 2015.
Nelsons is leading major orchestral tours worldwide and he embarks on his first European summer festival tour with the BSO in summer 2015, with performances in cities including Salzburg, Lucerne, London and Paris. Nelsons made his debut in Japan, on tour with Wiener Philharmoniker, and returned to tour Japan and the Far East with the CBSO in November 2013.
Over the next few seasons, he will continue collaborations with Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Philharmonia Orchestra. Andris Nelsons is a regular guest at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera New York. In summer 2016, he returns to Bayreuther Festspiele as Musical Director for Parsifal, in a new production directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg.
In announcing an exciting collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons and the BSO will collaborate on a series of live recordings of works by Shostakovich; summer 2015 marks the release of the first album, combining the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Symphony No. 10. One of the last conductors trained under the Soviet music tradition and representing a distinct musical voice influenced by both those Russian masters, and later those of Western Europe, Nelsons will bring a unique perspective to these recordings. With the CBSO, Nelsons has an exciting collaboration with Orfeo International, the most recent disc is Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony and Marche Slave. The majority of Nelsons’ recordings are recognised with a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. For audiovisual recordings, he has an exclusive agreement with Unitel GmbH, the most recent release is an all Strauss DVD with Het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest.
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 Principal Conductor of Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany 2006-2009 and Music Director of Latvian National Opera 2003-2007.