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, and in summer 2018, the BSO and Nelsons will tour Europe together 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. 


The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Nelsons will tour three times in the upcoming season: in October 2018, the orchestra and Nelsons embark on their second European tour together, where Nelsons returns to his native Latvia, will travel to Scandinavia, and will perform at prestigious venues including London’s Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre. A further European tour in January 2019 is followed by a tour in May/June, where the orchestra and Nelsons will appear together for the first time in Japan and China.

The 2018/19 season, Nelsons’ final season as Artist-in-Residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, marks Nelsons’ first season as Artist-in-Residence at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Furthermore, Nelsons continues his regular collaborations with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Berliner Philharmoniker. 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 and second instalments have both received consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral performance, the third and fourth instalments will be released in the 2018/2019 season. 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:

20.12.2018

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

21.12.2018

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

22.12.2018

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

29.12.2018

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

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30.12.2018

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

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31.12.2018

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

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01.01.2019

Konzerthaus Dortmund GmbH

Dortmund

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10.01.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

11.01.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

13.01.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

17.01.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

18.01.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

19.01.2019

Elbphilharmonie

Hamburg

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20.01.2019

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

Hamburg

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21.01.2019

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la musique

Paris

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22.01.2019

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la musique

Paris

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24.01.2019

Philharmonie Luxembourg

Luxembourg

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26.01.2019

Philharmonie

München

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27.01.2019

Philharmonie

München

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28.01.2019

Musikverein Wien

Wien

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29.01.2019

Musikverein Wien

Wien

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07.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

08.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

09.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

12.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

14.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

15.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

16.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

21.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

22.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

23.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

28.02.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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01.03.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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02.03.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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14.03.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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15.03.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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16.03.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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19.03.2019

Carnegie Hall Corp.

New York

29.03.2019

Musikverein Wien

Wien

30.03.2019

Musikverein Wien

Wien

31.03.2019

Musikverein Wien

Wien

04.04.2019

Konzerthaus Wien

Wien

06.04.2019

Musikverein Wien

Wien

07.04.2019

Musikverein Wien

Wien

08.04.2019

Elbphilharmonie

Hamburg

09.04.2019

Hannover Congress Centrum

Hannover

25.04.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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26.04.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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27.04.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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30.04.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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02.05.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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03.05.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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04.05.2019

Symphony Hall

Boston

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09.05.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

10.05.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

12.05.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

16.05.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

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17.05.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

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18.05.2019

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Leipzig

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22.05.2019

Auditorio Nacional de Música

Madrid

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23.05.2019

Auditorio Nacional de Música

Madrid

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

05.2016, Deutsche Grammophon, CD

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Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow

Symphony No. 10 (Live)

07.2015, 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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Bruckner

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

04.2018, 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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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