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Andris Nelsons is the newly appointed Music Director of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra, starting from the 2014/2015 season. He
will act as Music Director Designate for the BSO's 2013/2014
season. Andris Nelsons made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in
March 2011, leading Mahler's Symphony no. 9 at Carnegie Hall. Last
summer, Nelsons made his debut at Tanglewood, and in January 2013,
he made his Symphony Hall debut. This new appointment cements
Andris Nelsons as one of the most sought-after conductors on the
international scene today, a distinguished name both on the opera
and concert podiums.
Nelsons has been Music Director of the City of Birmingham
Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and remains at the helm of orchestra
until Summer 2015, enjoying critically acclaimed seasons and an
outstanding tenure. With the CBSO, he undertakes major tours
worldwide, including regular appearances at such summer festivals
as Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms and Berliner Festspiele. Together
they have toured the major European concert halls, including the
Musikverein, Vienna, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Gasteig,
Munich and the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid. Nelsons made
his debut in Japan, on tour with Wiener Philharmoniker, and
returned to tour Japan and the Far East with the CBSO in November
Over the next few seasons he will continue collaborations with
Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Het Koninklijk
Concertgebouworkest, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig,
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Philharmonia
Andris Nelsons is a regular guest at Royal Opera House Covent
Garden, Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera New York. In
summer 2014 he returns to Bayreuther Festspiele as Musical Director
for Lohengrin, in a production directed by Hans
Neuenfels, which Nelsons premiered in Bayreuth in 2010.
With the CBSO, Nelsons has an exciting recording collaboration
with Orfeo International: they are working towards releasing all
orchestral works by Tchaikovsky and all those by R. Strauss, the
first disc of which was praised by The Times: "one of the
most sumptuous and refined accounts of 'Ein Heldenleben' ever put
on to disc". The majority of Nelsons' recordings are
recognised with a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and, in
October 2011, Andris Nelsons received the prestigious ECHO Klassik
of the German Phono Academy in the category "Conductor of the Year"
for his recording with CBSO of Stravinsky's 'Firebird' and
'Symphony of Psalms'. For audiovisual recordings, he has an
exclusive agreement with Unitel GmbH, the most recent release is a
disc including Dvorak, entitled From The New
World with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks,
released on DVD and Blu-ray in June 2013.
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 Principal Conductor of Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in
Herford, Germany 2006-2009 and Music Director of Latvian
National Opera 2003-2007.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
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Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Performing each season with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also founder and leader of the ‘Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle’ at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris – based in the new Auditorium designed by Frank Gehry. Acclaimed internationally for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, Capuçon is this season’s Artist in Residence with Orquesta de Valencia.
The 2018/19 season sees Capuçon premiere a new concerto for cello and piano (Dubugnon Eros Athanatos) with Jean-Yves Thibaudet – a piece written for the duo – with symphony orchestras of West Australia, Antwerp, WDR and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Elsewhere, he performs as soloist with, amongst others: the philharmonic orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Munich and the Czech Republic; the symphony orchestras of Chicago, NHK and Sydney; Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Orchestre de Paris As a chamber musician, he performs with Lisa Batiashvili and Jean-Yves Thibaudet on an extensive piano trio European tour, as well as appearing with recital partners Frank Braley, Gabriela Montero, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yuja Wang in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Aix en Provence and the Musikverein.
Throughout his career, Capuçon has developed a number of long-standing relationships. Each season he is invited by many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, Vienna, Los Angeles and New York, and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco and London. He regularly works with conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and collaborates with contemporary composers including Lera Auerbach, Karol Beffa, Esteban Benzecry, Nicola Campogrande, Qigang Chen, Jerome Ducros, Henry Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jörg Widmann. As a chamber musician, he performs annually in the major halls and festivals with partners such as Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Frank Braley, Renaud Capuçon, Jérome Ducros, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Artemis and Ébène quartets.
Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Capuçon has won multiple awards and holds an extensive discography. His latest album – Intuition - was released in 2018 and recorded with the Paris Chamber Orchestra/Douglas Boyd and Jérôme Ducros. Earlier recordings include concertos by Shostakovich (Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev) and Saint-Saëns (Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France/Lionel Bringuier), the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Frank Braley, and Schubert’s String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet. Capuçon’s next album – a disk of Schumann works - will be released in January 2019. Elsewhere, he appears on screen and online in programmes such as The Artist Academy, Prodiges, and Now Hear This, and in 2013 Deutsche Grammophon released a DVD featuring Capuçon as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Gustavo Dudamel in a live performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1.
Born in Chambéry, Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.
Gautier Capuçon is represented worldwide by HarrisonParrott Ltd.
Gautier Capuçon, cello