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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.
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Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, Carolyn Sampson
has enjoyed notable successes in the UK as well as throughout
Europe and the US.
On the opera stage her roles for English National Opera have
included the title role in Semele and Pamina
in The Magic Flute. For Glyndebourne
Festival Opera she sang various roles in Purcell's The
Fairy Queen, now released on DVD. In 2012 she sang
Anne Truelove The Rake's Progress in Sir
David McVicar's new production for Scottish Opera.
Internationally she has appeared at Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Lille,
Opéra de Montpellier and Opéra National du Rhin. She also sang the
title role in Lully's Psyché for the Boston
Early Music Festival, which was released on CD and was subsequently
nominated for a Grammy in 2008. In the 16/17 season she
debuts the role of Mélisande Pelléas and
Mélisande for Scottish Opera.
Carolyn Sampson's numerous concert engagements in the UK have
included regular appearances at the BBC Proms and with orchestras
including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English
Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen.
She is a frequent guest with the Hallé and has performed with City
of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras.
In Europe her many appearances have included concerts with
Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Freiburg
Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk,
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa
Cecilia, Gürzenich Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Leipzig
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra.
In the US Carolyn Sampson has featured as soloist with San
Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St Paul
Chamber Orchestra and is a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart
Festival. In October 2013 she made her Carnegie Hall recital
debut to a sold-out audience in the Weill Recital Hall.
Carolyn works with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Markus
Stenz, Ivor Bolton, Philippe Herreweghe, Harry Bicket, Trevor
Pinnock, Riccardo Chailly, Louis Langrée, Harry Christophers,
Robert King and William Christie.
A consummate recitalist, Carolyn Sampson appears regularly at
the Wigmore Hall where a recital of lute songs with Matthew
Wadsworth was recorded on the Wigmore Live label and released to
huge critical acclaim. She has given regular recitals at the
Saintes and Aldeburgh Festivals as well as the Amsterdam
Concertgebouw. In the 14/15 season Carolyn was a "featured
artist" at London's Wigmore Hall.
Carolyn has built up a partnership with the pianist Joseph
Middleton over recent years. Her debut song recital disc,
'Fleurs', with Joseph was released early in 2015 featuring songs by
composers from Purcell to Britten, and was nominated in the solo
vocal category of the Gramophone Awards. They recently released
their second recital disc together, 'A Verlaine Songbook',
exploring settings of the poetry of Paul Verlaine for BIS
Carolyn's Harmonia Mundi recording of
Poulenc's Stabat Mater and Sept
Répons de Ténèbres was awarded the Choc de l'Année
Classica 2014. Other recordings include
Mozart's Requiem with Bach Collegium Japan
and her recording of Purcell songs for BIS which was selected as
Editor's Choice in the December 2007 issue of Gramophone Magazine.
Her many recordings for Hyperion with The King's Consort include a
highly acclaimed CD of Mozart sacred music 'Exsultate jubilate'
which was selected as BBC Music Magazine's "Record of the Month"
and was also the recipient of an ECHO Award. She recorded a
highly-acclaimed CD of Stravinsky's Les
Noces and Mass for Harmonia
Mundi and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly for the Decca
Her recent recording with Ex Cathedra on the Hyperion label, 'A
French Baroque Diva' - celebrating Marie Fel, a star soprano of
Rameau's time won the recital award in the 2015 Gramophone
Recent highlights include Carolyn's debut with Yannick
Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, concert performances
of Semele with Concerto Köln and Ivor
Bolton, recordings and concerts with both Bach Collegium Japan and
the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, two BBC Prom 2016 performances
(Mozart's Mass in C minor with BBC Scottish
Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov, and a duet programme with
Iestyn Davies), a tour of Orlando (Dorinda)
with the English Concert, concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic,
Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, as well as further recording plans
and recitals with Joseph Middleton and Matt Wadsworth including the
Lincoln Centre New York, San Francisco, Wigmore Hall, and
Carolyn Sampson, soprano