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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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Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time.
In 2013, President Obama awarded her America's highest honor for an
individual artist, the National Medal of Arts. Winner of the 2013
Best Classical Vocal Grammy Award, she has sung at momentous
occasions around the world, from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to
performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. In 2014 she
became the first classical singer ever to perform "The
Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. In 2012, in another
historic first, she sang on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the
Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, Renée
was featured in the televised We Are One: The Inaugural
Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial concert for President
Obama. She has performed for the United States Supreme Court, and
in 2014 she celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the
Berlin Wall in a televised concert at the Brandenburg Gate. Another
distinction was bestowed in 2008 when, breaking a precedent, Renée
became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan
Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.
On New Year's Eve, Renée appeared in the title role in a new
production of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera.
In April, she made her Broadway theater debut in Living on
Love, for which she was nominated for a Drama League Award.
She has appeared in virtually all of the world's greatest opera
houses and concert halls. Renée's recital schedule in recent years
has spanned the globe, including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos
Aires, Quito, Bogota, Paris, Geneva, London, Vienna, Hong Kong,
Beijing, Guangzhou, and Taipei.
Renée won her fourth Grammy Award for her album Poèmes.
Recipient of 14 Grammy nominations to date, she has recorded
everything from complete operas and song recitals to an album of
indie rock covers, Dark Hope, the jazz album Haunted
Heart and the movie soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King. Known for bringing new audiences to
classical music and opera, Renée has sung not only with Luciano
Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo but also with Elton John, Sting, Lou
Reed, Josh Groban, Joan Baez and even the Muppets.
Her recent opera dvds include Strauss's Arabella and
Ariadne auf Naxos, and Donizetti's Lucrezia
Borgia. Other recent DVD releases include Handel's
Rodelinda, Massenet's Thaïs and Rossini's
Armida, all three in the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD
series, and Verdi's La Traviata, filmed at London's Royal
With a multimedia profile rare among contemporary opera singers,
Renée has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts,
including the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series for
movie theaters and television, and Live from Lincoln
Center on PBS. She was the subject of an HBO
Masterclass documentary, and has been a frequent guest on
Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio. In 2013,
she joined with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
to present American Voices, a concert and 3-day festival
celebrating the best American singing in all genres. The festival
was the subject of a Great Performances documentary on PBS
Her book The Inner Voice was published by Viking Penguin
in 2004, and released in paperback by Penguin the following year.
An intimate account of her career and creative process, the book is
now in its 12th US printing, and it is also published in France,
the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Russia. A Polish edition
will be released this autumn.
Renée is a champion of new music and has performed works by a wide
range of contemporary composers, including recent compositions by
Anders Hillborg, Henri Dutilleux, Brad Mehldau, André Previn, and
In 2010, Renée was named the first-ever creative consultant at
Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is currently curating the creation
of a world-premiere opera based on the best-seller Bel
Canto for Lyric Opera's 2015-2016 season. She is
currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Hall
Corporation, the Board of Sing for Hope, and the Artistic Advisory
Board of the Polyphony Foundation. Among her awards are the
Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the Chevalier de la Légion
d'Honneur, Germany's Cross of the Order of Merit, Honorary
Membership in the Royal Academy of Music, Sweden's Polar Music
Prize, and honorary doctorates from Duke University, Harvard
University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Eastman School of
Music, and The Juilliard School.
Renée Fleming, soprano