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Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. These two positions, in addition to his leadership of a pioneering alliance between both institutions, have firmly established Grammy Award-winning Nelsons as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today. Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. These two positions, in addition to his leadership of a pioneering alliance between both institutions, have firmly established Grammy Award-winning Nelsons as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today.
Nelsons began his tenure as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the 2014/15 season. This season, the BSO and Nelsons embark on a major tour throughout Asia, giving their first concerts together in Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The orchestra also continues its appearances at Carnegie Hall as part of the Great American Orchestras series, with a special concert performance Tristan und Isolde featuring Jonas Kaufmann. Since his appointment as Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig in February 2018, Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester have completed a number of successful tours, including their first Asia tour together in May/June 2019, performing in Japan and China. This season, the orchestra looks forward to two European tours, which will include performances at the BBC Proms, the festivals in Salzburg and Lucerne, special highlight for Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester: three joint performances in Boston will be given as part of the alliance between the two orchestras, and the Gewandhausorchester will perform additional concerts
During the 2019/20 season, Nelsons continues his regular collaborations with the Wiener Philharmoniker, with whom he conducts Furthermore, th anniversary, the Wiener Philharmoniker and Nelsons present a cycle of Beethoven's symphonies at the Musikverein and on tour at the Philharmonie de Paris, Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, and collaborations with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has been a regular guest at the Bayreuther Festspiele and at the Royal Opera House in 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 fourth and most recent instalment was released in February 2019. Each of the first three releases of the cycle have received Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral Performance, the third additionally winning in the Best Engineered Album, Classical category. Nelsons and the yellow label also have embarked upon a critically acclaimed 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 instalment was released in May 2019. Finally, Philharmoniker will be released in October 2019.
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 the Latvian National Opera 2003-2007.
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