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The 2020-2021 season is Andris Nelsons seventh as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Ray and Maria Stata Music Director. In summer 2015, following his first season as music director, his contract with the BSO was extended through the 2021-22 season. In February 2018 Mr. Nelsons was also named Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. On October 5, 2020, the BSO and GHO jointly announced extensions to Mr. Nelsons current contracts. His contract with the BSO was extended until 2025, and his GHO contract until 2027. An evergreen clause in his BSO contract reflects a mutual intention for a long-term commitment between the BSO and Mr. Nelsons beyond the years of the agreement.
Mr. Nelsons’ two positions, in addition to his leadership of a pioneering alliance between the institutions, have firmly established the Grammy Award-winning conductor as one of the most renowned and innovative artists on the international scene today. In fall 2019 Mr. Nelsons and the BSO hosted the Gewandhausorchester in historic concerts at Symphony Hall that included two performances by the GHO as well as concerts featuring the players of both orchestras together.
In the 2019-20 season, Andris Nelsons led the BSO in repertoire ranging from favorites by Beethoven, Dvořák, Grieg, Mozart, Mahler, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky to world and American premieres of BSO-commissioned works from Eric Nathan, Betsy Jolas, and the Latvian composer Arturs Maskats. The season also brought the continuation of his complete Shostakovich symphony cycle with the orchestra and collaborations with an impressive array of guest artists. Mr. Nelsons’ work with the BSO resumes with his return to Boston at the start of 2021.
Andris Nelsons’ and the BSO’s ongoing series of recordings of the complete Shostakovich symphonies for Deutsche Grammophon has included the composer’s symphonies 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11 (The Year 1905), and most recently a two-disc set pairing Shostakovich’s symphonies 6 and 7 (Leningrad). The cycle has earned three Grammy awards for Best Orchestral Performance and one for Best Engineered Album. The next installment, featuring symphonies nos. 1, 14, and 15 and the Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (arr. Rudolf Barshai), is scheduled for release in summer 2021. Future releases will go beyond the symphonies to encompass the composer’s concertos for piano, violin, and cello, and his monumental opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Mr. Nelsons’ other recordings with the orchestra include the complete Brahms symphonies for the BSO Classics label and a Naxos release of BSO-commissioned world premiere works by four American composers: Timo Andres, Eric Nathan, Sean Shepherd, and George Tsontakis.
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. In November 2017, Mr. Nelsons and the BSO toured Japan together for the first time. They have so far made three European tours together: immediately following the 2018 Tanglewood season, when they played concerts in London, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Lucerne, Paris, and Amsterdam; in May 2016, a tour that took them to eight cities in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg; and, after the 2015 Tanglewood season, a tour that took them to major European capitals and the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals. A scheduled February 2020 tour to East Asia was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.
In his capacity as BSO Music Director and Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Mr. Nelsons brings the BSO and GHO together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance including a BSO/GHO Musician Exchange program and an exchange component within each orchestra’s acclaimed academy for advanced music studies. A major aspect of the alliance is a focus on complementary programming, through which the BSO celebrates “Leipzig Week in Boston” and the GHO celebrates “Boston Week in Leipzig,” highlighting each other’s musical traditions through uniquely programmed concerts, chamber music performances, archival exhibits, and lecture series. The two orchestras have jointly commissioned and premiered works from Latvian, American, and German and Austrian composers.
In addition to his Shostakovich recordings with the BSO, Mr. Nelsons’ exclusive partnership with Deutsche Grammophon includes two other major projects. With the Gewandhausorchester he continues his critically acclaimed Bruckner symphonic cycle under the Yellow Label, of which four volumes have been released to date. His recordings of Beethoven’s complete symphonies with the Wiener Philharmoniker were released by Deutsche Grammophon in October 2019.
Mr. Nelsons frequently leads such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As an opera conductor, he has made regular guest appearances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Bayreuth Festival. 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 (2008-2015), Principal Conductor of Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany (2006-09), and Music Director of the Latvian National Opera (2003-07).
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