Andris Nelsons


Andris Nelsons, who was born in Riga in 1978, grew up in a family of musicians and began his career as a trumpeter at the Latvian National Opera. He continued his education as a conductor at the same time, studying this discipline with Alexander Titov in St. Petersburg and taking private lessons with Mariss Jansons. Nelsons was appointed in 2003 to the position of Principal Conductor of the Latvian National Opera, where he remained for four years. He then helmed the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (from 2008 to June 2015). Since 2014 he has served as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and, since 2018, as Kapell-
meister with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Within a brief period, Nelsons established himself as a regular guest conductor of leading international orchestras and major opera companies. He has conducted at the Vienna, Munich, and Berlin Staatsoper companies; the Metropolitan Opera in New York; the Royal Opera House in London; and the Bayreuth Festival. He also performs regularly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics and will lead the latter’s 2020 New Year’s Concert. LUCERNE FESTIVAL named Nelsons its “artiste étoile” in 2012 and engaged him to conduct several concerts of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA in 2014 and 2015. Andris Nelsons’s recordings have won three Grammy Awards as well as the Edison Klassiek Award and the German Record Critics’ Prize. He is currently working with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on Shostakovich and Bruckner cycles, respectively; for the Beethoven Year in 2020, he is also preparing accounts of all nine symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic. Nelsons received the International Shostakovich Prize in 2019.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 31 August 2009 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in works by Britten, Berlioz, Debussy, and Ravel.

August 2019