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The 2018-19 season is Andris Nelsons’ fifth as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Ray and Maria Stata Music Director. Named Musical America’s 2018 Artist of the Year, Mr. Nelsons will lead fourteen of the BSO’s twenty-six subscription programs in 2018-19, ranging from orchestral works by Haydn, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Copland to concerto collaborations with acclaimed soloists, as well as world and American premieres of pieces newly commissioned by the BSO from Thomas Adès, Sebastian Currier, Andris Dzenītis, and Mark-Anthony Turnage; the continuation of his complete Shostakovich symphony cycle with the orchestra, and concert performances of Puccini’s one-act opera Suor Angelica. In summer 2015, following his first season as music director, Andris Nelsons’ contract with the BSO was extended through the 2021-22 season. In November 2017, he and the orchestra toured Japan together for the first time. In February 2018, he became Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in which capacity he brings both orchestras together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance. Immediately following the 2018 Tanglewood season, Maestro Nelsons and the BSO made their third European tour together, playing concerts in London, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Lucerne, Paris, and Amsterdam. Their first European tour, following the 2015 Tanglewood season, took them to major European capitals and the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals; the second, in May 2016, took them to eight cities in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg.
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 recordings with the BSO, all made live in concert at Symphony Hall, include the complete Brahms symphonies on BSO Classics; Grammy-winning recordings on Deutsche Grammophon of Shostakovich’s symphonies 5, 8, 9, and 10, the initial releases in a complete Shostakovich symphony cycle for that label; and a new two-disc set pairing Shostakovich’s symphonies 4 and 11, The Year 1905. Under an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons is also recording the complete Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.
The 2018-19 season is Maestro Nelsons’ final season as artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and marks his first season as artist-in-residence at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. In addition, he continues his regular collaborations with the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic. Throughout his career, he has also established regular collaborations with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has been a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
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.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
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Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrates 40 years as a violin virtuoso and
musical phenomenon, which began with her debuts in recital at the
1976 Lucerne Festival and as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic
and Herbert von Karajan at the 1977 Salzburg Whitsun Concert. In
four decades she has become one of the leading international
artists in the world's major concert halls, serving not only as
soloist, but as a visionary in supporting composers and mentoring
young string players.
The four-time Grammy® Award winner is fully committed both to the
performance of traditional composers and to the future of music: so
far she has given the world premieres of 24 works by composers
including Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina,
Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André
Previn and Wolfgang Rihm and has commissioned Jörg Widmann for a
Ms. Mutter dedicates herself to numerous benefit projects and to
supporting tomorrow's emerging artists. In the autumn of 1997 she
founded the "Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter
Foundation e.V.", to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was
added in 2008. These charitable institutions provide support for
scholarship recipients. Since 2011, she has toured regularly with
her ensemble of fellows "Mutter Virtuosi" in North America, Asia
and Europe with planned tours to South America and Australia.
The year 2017 features recitals with pianist Lambert Orkis
throughout Europe and North America, including Salzburg Whitsun and
Summer Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and Gstaad
Menuhin Festival; the premiere of John Williams' Markings
written for Ms. Mutter and the Boston Symphony; the 40th
Anniversary of Anne-Sophie Mutter at the Salzburg Whitsun and
Summer Festival celebrated by the Mutter Virtuosi in concert and a
recording project of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons paired
with Schubert's Trout Quintet with Daniil Trifonov and
three of her Mutter Foundation fellows; and a European tour with
the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra visiting Salzburg, BBC Proms, and
Lucerne Festival. She gives orchestral performances with the Berlin
Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Gewandhaus Orchestra, London
Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra,
Orchestre National de Lyon, and opens the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra season with Riccardo Muti both on subscription and at a
Anne-Sophie Mutter is the recipient of the World Economic Forum's
2017 'Crystal Award' for her services to music education and young
artists and is the proud holder of the Siemens Music Prize, the
German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of
Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Decoration of Honor for
Services to the Republic of Austria.
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin