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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 leads 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 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11 (The Year 1905) as part of a complete Shostakovich symphony cycle for that label; and a new two-disc set pairing Shostakovich’s symphonies 6 and 7 (Leningrad). 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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Lisa Batiashvili, Musical America's 2015 Instrumentalist of the
Year, is this season's Artist-in-Residence with the
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Praised by audiences and fellow
musicians for her virtuosity and "profound sensitivity" (Financial
Times), the Georgian violinist has developed long-term
relationships with some of the world's leading orchestras,
including the New York Philharmonic, with whom she was
Artist-in-Residence last season.
Highlights in Lisa's 2015/16 season include performances with
the Berliner Philharmoniker and London Philharmonic Orchestra (both
under Yannick Nézet-Séguin), Orchestre de Paris (Paavo Järvi),
Wiener Philharmoniker (Esa-Pekka Salonen), London Symphony
Orchestra (Daniel Harding) and New York Philharmonic (Semyon
Bychkov), as well as a European tour with the Royal Stockholm
Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo). Recent and forthcoming
invitations include concerts at home and on tour with the Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphonieorchester
des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The
Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Last season
Lisa also performed with Filarmonica della Scala and Staatskapelle
Berlin (both under Daniel Barenboim), and Orchestra dell'Accademia
Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Sir Antonio Pappano).
Recording exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, Lisa's most
recent release is an album dedicated to works by J.S. and C.P.E.
Lisa Batiashvili, violin