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The 2019-20 season, Andris Nelsons’ sixth as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, marks his fifth anniversary in that position. Named Musical America’s 2018 Artist of the Year, Mr. Nelsons leads fifteen of the BSO’s twenty-six weeks of concerts this season, ranging from repertoire favorites by Beethoven, Dvořák, Gershwin, Grieg, Mozart, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky to world and American premieres of BSO-commissioned works from Eric Nathan, Betsy Jolas, Arturs Maskats, and HK Gruber. The season also brings the continuation of his complete Shostakovich symphony cycle with the orchestra, and collaborations with an impressive array of guest artists, including a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde, Act III—one of three BSO programs he will also conduct at Carnegie Hall—with Jonas Kaufmann and Emily Magee in the title roles. In addition, February 2020 brings a major tour to Asia in which Maestro Nelsons and the BSO give their first concerts together in Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
In February 2018, Andris Nelsons became Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester (GHO) Leipzig, in which capacity he also 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 highlight of the BSO/GHO Alliance is a focus on complementary programming, through which the BSO celebrates “Leipzig Week in Boston” and the GHO celebrates “Boston Week in Leipzig,” thereby highlighting each other’s musical traditions through uniquely programmed concerts, chamber music performances, archival exhibits, and lecture series. For this season’s “Leipzig Week in Boston,” under Maestro Nelsons’ leadership in November, the entire Gewandhausorchester Leipzig comes to Symphony Hall for joint concerts with the BSO as well as two concerts of its own.
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. 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.
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 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11 (The Year 1905) as part of a complete Shostakovich symphony cycle for that label; and a recent two-disc set pairing Shostakovich’s symphonies 6 and 7 (Leningrad). This November, a new release on Naxos features Andris Nelsons and the orchestra in the world premieres of BSO-commissioned works by Timo Andres, Eric Nathan, Sean Shepherd, and George Tsontakis. 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.
During the 2019-20 season, Andris Nelsons continues his ongoing collaborations with the Vienna Philharmonic. Throughout his career, he has also established regular collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, 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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Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster and film
maker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career
of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.
Inspired by her father Leonard Bernstein's lifelong impulse to
share and teach, Jamie has devised multiple ways of communicating
her own excitement about orchestral music. Beginning 15 years ago
with "The Bernstein Beat," a family concert about her father's
music modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People's Concerts,
Jamie has gone on to design, write and narrate concerts for
worldwide audiences of all ages about the music of Mozart, Copland,
Stravinsky and many others. Jamie creates and narrates two
educational concerts a year with the New World Symphony in Miami;
these engaging, informal "Discovery Concerts" are specially
designed to attract audiences of all ages who are less familiar
Jamie travels the world as a concert narrator, appearing
everywhere from Beijing to London to Vancouver. A frequent speaker
on musical topics, Jamie has presented talks around the world, from
conferences in Japan to seminars at Harvard University. In
Spanish-speaking locations such as Madrid and Caracas, Jamie
narrates en español - thanks to her Chilean-born mother, Felicia
Montealegre, who raised her children to be bilingual.
In her role as a broadcaster, Jamie has produced and hosted
shows for radio stations in the United States and Great Britain.
She has presented the New York Philharmonic's live national radio
broadcasts, as well as live broadcasts from Tanglewood.
Jamie is the co-director of a film
documentary, Crescendo: the Power of Music --
which focuses on children in struggling urban communities who
participate in youth orchestra programs for social transformation
inspired by Venezuela's groundbreaking El Sistema movement. The
film has won numerous prizes on the festival circuit, and is now
viewable on Netflix. More about Crescendo: the Power of
Music can be found at crescendofilmdoc.com
Jamie has also directed her father's chamber
opera, Trouble in Tahiti, in various locations around
the country, including the Moab Music Festival and Festival del
Sole in Napa, CA.
Jamie is currently at work on a memoir, title to be announced,
which will be published by HarperCollins in the spring of 2018,
when her father's centennial celebrations will be well under way
around the world. Jamie and her siblings, Alexander and Nina, will
be racking up unprecedented mileage points!
Jamie also writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in
such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Gourmet, Opera News, and
Musical America. She also edits "Prelude, Fugue & Riffs," a
newsletter about issues and events pertaining to her father's
Jamie Bernstein, director