KD SCHMID Andris Nelsons

Conductor

Andris Nelsons

Biography – about the artist.

Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. 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. Last season, the BSO and Nelsons embarked on a tour to Japan together for the first time, notably with three performances in Suntory Hall. At the beginning of the 2018/19 seasons, Nelsons toured Europe together with the orchestra for the third time since Nelsons’ Music Directorship, visiting the London Proms, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Lucerne, Paris and Amsterdam. Nelsons gave his debut with the Gewandhausorchester in 2011, followed by regular performances at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig in subsequent years. In February 2018, Nelsons received the title of Gewandhauskapellmeister in a four-week inaugural festival, also marking the 275th anniversary of the orchestra. Three joint tours for the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Nelsons have been incorporated into the 2018/2019 season: two European tours, one in October 2018, including stops at London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall, in Scandinavia and in Nelsons' native city, Riga, and the other in January 2019, to venues including the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris and Vienna’s Musikverein. The season’s third tour in May/June 2019 takes the orchestra and Nelsons to Japan and China, where they will appear together for the first time.


The 2018/19 season marks Nelsons’ final season as Artist-in-Residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and Nelsons’ first season as Artist-in-Residence at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Furthermore, Nelsons continues his regular collaborations with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker, with whom he lead a tour through China last season in addition to his ongoing guest performances at the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2020, he will conduct the Wiener Philharmoniker’s prestigious New Year’s Day concert, broadcast to millions across the world. Throughout his career, Nelsons has established regular collaborations with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Philharmonia Orchestra. Nelsons has been a regular guest at the Bayreuther Festspiele and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

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 three instalments have all received Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral Performance, with the third also winning Best Engineered Album, Classical, and the fourth instalment will be released in February 2019. Nelsons and the yellow label also have embarked upon a project with the Gewandhausorchester that sheds new light on the symphonies of Bruckner, and pairs these distinctive symphonic pieces with works by Wagner. The most recent release appeared in April 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. Furthermore, Nelsons will record Beethoven’s complete symphonies with the Wiener Philharmoniker between 2016-2019, and will return to Vienna 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.

Season 2018/2019

The next dates:

27.05.2019

Bunka Kaikan

Tokyo

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28.05.2019

Suntory Hall

Tokyo

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30.05.2019

Suntory Hall

Tokyo

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01.06.2019

Hyogo Performing Arts Center

Hyogo

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02.06.2019

Osaka Symphony Hall

Osaka

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04.06.2019

Shanghai Oriental Art Center Management Co., Ltd.

Shanghai

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06.06.2019

Guangzhou Opera House

Guangzhou

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08.06.2019

National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing

BEIJING

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09.06.2019

National Center for the Performing Arts Beijing

BEIJING

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20.06.2019

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

21.06.2019

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

22.06.2019

Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin

28.06.2019

Open Air - Rosental Leipzig

Leipzig

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29.06.2019

Open Air - Rosental Leipzig

Leipzig

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30.06.2019

Konzerthaus Dortmund GmbH

Dortmund

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05.07.2019

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

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06.07.2019

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

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08.07.2019

Seiji Ozawa Hall

Lenox

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12.07.2019

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

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13.07.2019

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

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14.07.2019

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

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19.07.2019

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

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20.07.2019

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

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21.07.2019

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

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23.07.2019

Koussevitzky Music Shed

Lenox

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22.08.2019

Das Kurhaus Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden

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22.08.2019

Das Kurhaus Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden

23.08.2019

Royal Albert Hall

London

25.08.2019

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern - KKL

Luzern

26.08.2019

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern - KKL

Luzern

28.08.2019

Großes Festspielhaus

Salzburg

31.08.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

01.09.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

02.09.2019

Kölner Philharmonie

Köln

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03.09.2019

Philharmonie Essen

Essen

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05.09.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

06.09.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

10.09.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

12.09.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

13.09.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

14.09.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

19.09.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

20.09.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

21.09.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

26.09.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

27.09.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

28.09.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

01.10.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

03.10.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

04.10.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

05.10.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

10.10.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

11.10.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

13.10.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

17.10.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

18.10.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

27.10.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

29.10.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

31.10.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

Your contact persons:

General Management:

Karen McDonald

+44 20 7395 09-15

karen.mcdonald@kdschmid.co.uk

General Management:

Andreas Flohr

+44 20 7395 09-30

andreas.flohr@kdschmid.co.uk

Jessica Croghan

Artist Coordinator

+44 20 7395 09-34

Jessica.Croghan@kdschmid.co.uk

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Discography and quotes.

Discography

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow

Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7; Incidental Music to ‘King Lear’ (Live)

02.2019, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 "The Year 1905"

07.2018, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Bruckner

Symphony No. 7 - Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral March (Live)

04.2018, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Bruckner

Symphony No. 4 - Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude (Live)

02.2018, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Bruckner

Symphony No. 3 - Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture (Live)

05.2017, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow

Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9; Suite from "Hamlet" (Live)

05.2016, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Reviews and quotes.

„„[Nelsons] is evidently, sometimes even visibly, a high-precision operator, while a certain earthiness of manner was all to the good in managing the cosmic immensities of the Mahler““

The Sunday Times, Paul Driver, 09.09.2018

„Nelsons revealed himself as a sensitive Mahler interpreter, nevertheless one with a very firm grip. His focus was on the concentrates on sculpture of the details, without losing sight of the great sound.““

Wiener Zeitung, Judith Belfkih, 31.07.2018

„Andris Nelsons performed a miracle of amalgamation of precision and exuberance, plainness and proliferation of sound, constrained rigour and freely floating dynamics.“

drehpunktkultur.at, Hans Gärtner, 29.07.2018

„Nelsons […] again and again retrieves new glories from all corners of this really superb orchestra.“

Leipziger Volkszeitung, Peter Korfmacher, 13.05.2018

„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, 30.05.2017