Andris Nelsons was born in Riga in 1978. He grew up in a musical family and began his career as a trumpet player with the Orchestra of Latvian National Opera. At the same time he studied conducting with Alexander Titov in St. Petersburg and undertook private instruction with Mariss Jansons. In 2003 the young Nelsons was appointed Principal Conductor of Latvian National Opera, holding that position for four years; from 2008 to June 2015 he helmed the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Since the beginning of the 2014-15 season he has served as Music Director to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is currently undertaking his first European tour. Within a short period Nelsons has become a regular guest artist with the leading international orchestras and the major opera houses. He conducts at the Vienna and Berlin Staatsoper companies, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Royal Opera House in London; he also concertizes with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 Nelsons opened the Bayreuth Festival with a new production of Lohengrin staged by Hans Neuenfels, which he has conducted there every summer since; in 2016 he will return to participate in a new production of Parsifal. In 2012 LUCERNE FESTIVAL singled Nelsons out for the honor of being “artiste étoile” and in 2014 engaged him to lead the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA during the first summer following Claudio Abbado’s death. Nelsons’s CDs have received many international awards. His most recent recording, which he made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and released in the summer of 2015, is of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 31 August 2009 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in works by Britten, Berlioz, Debussy, and Ravel.