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Andris Nelsons conducts Gubaidulina and Shostakovich

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The Russian-born Sofia Gubaidulina, acclaimed as one of the most significant composers in the world today, was encouraged in her career early on by Dmitri Shostakovich. She wrote her Triple Concerto (a BSO co-commission receiving its world premiere at these concerts) for the unusual combination of violin, cello, and bayan, a type of accordion often employed by Gubaidulina and a mainstay of Russian folk music. Joining Latvian violinist Baiba Skride are Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh and Swiss bayanist Elsbeth Moser, both making their BSO debuts. Shostakovich wrote his Seventh Symphony, Leningrad, as a tribute to the peoples' fortitude in the face of the German Army's long and destructive siege of that city during World War II. Serge Koussevitzky led the first U.S. concert performances of the piece with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in August 1942, following the NBC Symphony's radio broadcast premiere under Toscanini the previous month. The present performances continue Andris Nelsons' and the BSO's survey of the complete Shostakovich symphonies, which are being recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

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Andris Nelsons, conductor
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In 2017-18, his fourth season as the BSO's Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in twelve wide-ranging subscription programs at Symphony Hall, repeating three of them at New York's Carnegie Hall in March. Also this season, in November, he and the orchestra tour Japan together for the first time, playing concerts in Nagoya, Osaka, Kawasaki, and Tokyo. In addition, in February 2018 Maestro Nelsons becomes Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in which capacity he will bring both orchestras together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance; under his direction, the BSO celebrates its first "Leipzig Week in Boston" that same month. In the summer of 2015, following his first season as music director, Andris Nelsons' contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was extended through the 2021-22 season. Following the 2015 Tanglewood season, he and the BSO undertook a twelve-concert, eight-city tour to major European capitals as well as the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals. A second European tour, to eight cities in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg, took place in May 2016.

The fifteenth music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons made his BSO debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2011, his Tanglewood debut in July 2012, and his BSO subscription series debut in January 2013. His first CD with the BSO-live recordings of Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and Sibelius's Symphony No. 2-was released in November 2014 on BSO Classics. April 2017 brought the release on BSO Classics of the four Brahms symphonies with Maestro Nelsons conducting, recorded live at Symphony Hall in November 2016. In an ongoing, multi-year collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon initiated in 2014-15, he and the BSO are making live recordings of Shostakovich's complete symphonies, the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and other works by the composer. The first release in this series (the Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance and Gramophone Magazine's Orchestral Award. The second release (symphonies 5, 8, and 9, plus excerpts from Shostakovich's 1932 incidental music to Hamlet) won the 2017 Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. Also for Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons is recording the Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.

In 2017-18, Andris Nelsons is artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and continues his regular collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic, leading that orchestra on tour to China. He also maintains regular collaborations with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Maestro Nelsons has also been a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he conducts a new David Alden production of Lohengrin this season.

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 to 2015, principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009, and music director of Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Nelsons is the subject of a 2013 DVD from Orfeo, a documentary film entitled "Andris Nelsons: Genius on Fire."

Andris Nelsons, conductor Baiba Skride, violin
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Baiba Skride's natural approach to her music-making has endeared her to some of today's most important conductors and orchestras worldwide. She is consistently invited for her refreshing interpretations, her sensitivity and delight in the music. The list of prestigious orchestras with whom she has worked include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and NHK Symphony. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka Pekka Saraste and John Storgårds.

European highlights in 2015/16 include her return to Berlin Philharmonic with Andris Nelsons playing Shostakovich violin concerto No.1 and her debut with the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam with Britten's violin concerto. Skride is Artist in Residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which she gives concerto and chamber music performances. She returns to Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National, Zurich Opera Orchestra and Hamburger Philharmoniker.

After her return to Boston Symphony with Gubaidulina's Offertorium last November, she was invited for a concerto and chamber music performance at Tanglewood Music Festival 2015 with Christian Zacharias. This is followed by her highly anticipated debuts with New York Philharmonic and Eschenbach playing Bartok violin concerto No.2, with National Symphony of Washington and Toronto Symphony. She returns to the orchestras of Seattle, Detroit and Naples.

Earlier in 2015/16 Skride performs with Helsinki Philharmonic and Storgards at the Palacio des Bellas Arte in Mexico, before she gives her debuts with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de Sao Paulo and Filharmonica de Minas Gerais. She crosses the Hemispheres again for a tour with the New Zealand Symphony. In Asia she returns to Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Chamber music highlights include performances at the Concertgebouw and Wigmore in duo recitals with her sister, pianist Lauma Skride. They will be joined by Daniel Müller-Schott for trio performances including the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and in Bonn. Other partnerships this season include her trio with Sol Gabetta and Bertrand Chamayou.

In August 2015 Skride releases her fifth disc for Orfeo, featuring the Nielsen and Sibelius concertos and 2 Serenades with Tampere Philharmonic/ Santtu-Matias Rouvali. The preceding CD with the Szymanowski concertos with Oslo Philharmonic/Petrenko and Mythes with Lauma Skride received the Award of the German Record Critics and was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award. Earlier recordings include a Schumann CD with Danish National Symphony/ Storgårds, a Stravinsky and Martin concerto CD with BBC National Orchestra of Wales /Fischer, a Brahms box with Stockholm Philharmonic/ Oramo, a Tchaikovsky CD with CBSO/ Nelsons.

Skride was born into a musical Latvian family in Riga where she began her studies, transferring in 1995 to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock. In 2001 she won the 1st prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Since November 2010 Skride plays the Stradivarius ''Ex Baron Feilitzsch'' violin (1734), which is generously on loan to her from Gidon Kremer.

Baiba Skride, violin
Harriet Krijgh, cello
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Twenty-three year old Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh is one of today's most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touches her audiences and fellow musicians as soon as she walks on to the concert platform. Harriet has been invited on to the "Rising Star" series of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2015/16 season.           

Harriet Krijgh has already performed in many of Europe's most prestigious venues such as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Philharmonie Essen and Konzerthaus Dortmund. She has debuted with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg. She makes regular festival appearances at the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, Festival Sommets Musicaux Gstaad, the Rheingau and Schwetzingen music festivals. In the Netherlands she has performed in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Vredenburg Music Centre in Utrecht and de Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam.        

Forthcoming highlights in 2014/15 include debuts with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestraunder the baton of Cornelius Meister, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Nott, Symphony Orchestra Aachen, the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra, Het Gelders Orkest and the Kammerakademie Potsdam. Harriet Krijgh will be guest at the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Moritzburg Festival and the Mozartfest Würzburg. Recitals in many European cities complete her calendar. In autumn 2015 she will be tour soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner.             

Harriet Krijgh was first prize winner of the "Prinses Christina Concours" in the Netherlands, the Austrian Federal Competition "Prima la Musica", the Fidelio Competition in Vienna as well as the "Nicole Janigro prize" at the international "Antonio Janigro Cello Competition" in Croatia. In her native Holland she was awarded both the First Prize and the Audience Award at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale in November 2012. In Autumn 2013 she was awarded the WEMAG-Soloists prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. 

Harriet Krijgh is an exclusive artist with the Capriccio label. Releases include Haydn's cello concerti a CD of French works for cello and piano followed by the cello sonatas of Brahms all of which have been highly praised. Autumn 2014 has seen the release of romantic cello works with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and conductor Gustavo Gimeno.

A passionate chamber musician and enterprising young artist Harriet Krijgh formed her own festival "Harriet and Friends" which takes place every summer at the Feistritz castle in Austria.   

Harriet Krijgh was born in the Netherlands in 1991 and received her first cello lessons at the age of 5. In 2000, she was enrolled into the class of Lenian Benjamins at the Music College in Utrecht. In 2004, moving to Vienna Harriet took up studies with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova and Jontscho Bayrov at the Vienna Conservatoire. Since September 2013, Harriet has been studying as the 'young soloist' at the renowned Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson (made possible by the Casals scholarship) and maintains her studies with Schulz-Bayrova.    

Harriet plays a Giovanni Paolo Maggini cello from 1620, which is generously loaned to her privately.

 

Harriet Krijgh, cello Elsbeth Moser, bayan
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Professor of Accordion

"Your keen sense opens her a wealth of shades and a sense diversity even where these others can not." (Sofia Gubaidulina about Elsbeth Moser)

Born in Bern accordionist and highly successful teacher is one of the most outstanding artists on their instrument. She studied accordion and piano at the Bern Conservatory and at the Academy of Music in Trossingen. In 1983 she was appointed as a professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Hanover. Elsbeth Moser got in 1998 a honorary professor of the Music Academy Tianjing, moreover, she is a guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Pula (Croatia).

Elsbeth Moser's teacher, body and soul! Many of its students and graduates achieved on an international podium as a soloist as chamber music prizes. With pride she can now see how some of them are themselves active as professors at music academies and successfully, or have taken wonderful musical careers.

Currently work Elsbeth Moser and its class along with the master Lajos Rovatkay the entire "Well-Tempered Clavier" by Johann Sebastian Bach!

Elsbeth Moser, who was awarded a number of prizes (1st prizes in Evian and Annemasse in 1969 and 1972, Bernhard Sprengel Prize of the city of Hanover, 1979), received in 1997 by the Federal President Roman Herzog as for her contribution to the establishment of the accordion concert instrument the Order of merit.

The international breakthrough came with her Gidon Kremer's invitation to Lockenhaus, where they brought the "Seven Words" by Sofia Gubaidulina for western premiere along with David Geringas and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the direction of Mario Venzago. This now forming part of their standard repertoire works they played in sequence with other great cellists like Maria Kliegel, Karine Georgian, Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow, Vladimir Toncha, Torleif Tedeen, accompanied by, among others, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Munich chamber Orchestra. With Sofia Gubaidulina, who dedicated her trio "Silenzio", Elsbeth Moser a deep friendship.

The accordionist has been invited to the festival, among others Lockenhaus, Sigulda, Holland, Les muséiques (Basel), Riffelalp (Zermatt, Switzerland), Rheingau, Melos Ethos, "2days-2Nights" in Odessa (Ukraine). She co-founded the quintet "that" for Sofia Gubaidulina, Vinko Globokar, Nikolaus A. Huber u. A. Composed commissioned works.

Your rehearsed together with Boris Pergamenschikow recording for ECM of works Gubaidulina was awarded the "Star of the Month with reference value" of the magazine Fonoforum!

In Sikorski Publisher is her book "The button accordion C-handle, a systematic way" appeared!

She has toured in many countries in the world! With its long-standing partner, Altstaedt, invited by the Goethe Institute, she traveled from Baghdad to Cairo!

Elsbeth Moser, bayan
Program Notes Audio
Sofia GUBAIDULINA - Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan (World premiere; BSO co-commission) (30 min)
SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphony No. 7, Leningrad (75 min)
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