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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. At the beginning of the 2018/19 seasons, Nelsons toured Europe together with the orchestra 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. Three joint tours for the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Nelsons have been incorporated into the 2018/2019 season: two European tours, one in October 2018, including stops at London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall, in Scandinavia and in Nelsons' native city, Riga, and the other in January 2019, to venues including the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris and Vienna’s Musikverein. The season’s third tour in May/June 2019 takes the orchestra and Nelsons to Japan and China, where they will appear together for the first time.
The 2018/19 season marks Nelsons’ final season as Artist-in-Residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and Nelsons’ first season as Artist-in-Residence at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Furthermore, Nelsons continues his regular collaborations with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker, with whom he lead a tour through China last season in addition to his ongoing guest performances at the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2020, he will conduct the Wiener Philharmoniker’s prestigious New Year’s Day concert, broadcast to millions across the world. 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 has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and the fourth instalment will be released in February 2019. 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.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Harriet plays a Giovanni Paolo Maggini cello from 1620, which is
generously loaned to her privately.
Harriet Krijgh, cello
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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
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
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
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
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