Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today, earning himself a distinguished name both on the opera and concert podiums.
Over the next few seasons he will continue collaborations with Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Berlin, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He recently made his debut in Japan, on tour with Wiener Philharmoniker, and next season he will make his debut with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
In 2009/2010, Andris Nelsons appeared at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York and Wiener Staatsoper, and is returning to each house. In summer 2010 he appeared for the first time at Bayreuther Festspiele as Musical Director for Lohengrin, in a new production directed by Hans Neuenfels. He returns to Bayreuth in 2011.
In 2008, Nelsons was appointed as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has enjoyed a critically acclaimed first few seasons. With CBSO he is undertaking extensive European tours, including regular appearances at such summer festivals as Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms and Berliner Festspiele. Furthermore, they have an exciting recording collaboration with Orfeo International. Releases have so far included a disc of Richard Strauss orchestral works, praised by The Times as: “one of the most sumptuous and refined accounts of Ein Heldenleben ever put on to disc”, a recording of Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5, a recording of Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 and one of Stravinsky’s The Firebird (the latter three discs have each been recognised with a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). A disc featuring Strauss’ Alpine Symphony was released in 2011.
Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career in music as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra and has also won many prizes for his singing. He was recipient of the prestigious Latvian Grand Music Award for outstanding achievement in music in 2001 and, after graduating in the same year, he went to St. Petersburg to study conducting with Professor Alexander Titov. He has been studying privately with Mariss Jansons since 2002 and completed his tenure as Principal Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, in 2009. From 2003-2007 he was Music Director of the Latvian National Opera.