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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.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
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Baiba Skride's natural approach to her music-making has endeared
her to some of today's most important conductors and orchestras
worldwide. She is consistently invited for her refreshing
interpretations, her sensitivity and delight in the music. The list
of prestigious orchestras with whom she has worked include the
Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester
des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic,
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and NHK Symphony.
Notable conductors she collaborates with include Christoph
Eschenbach, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo,
Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka Pekka Saraste and John
European highlights in 2015/16 include her return to Berlin
Philharmonic with Andris Nelsons playing Shostakovich violin
concerto No.1 and her debut with the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam
with Britten's violin concerto. Skride is Artist in Residence with
the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which she gives
concerto and chamber music performances. She returns to Stockholm,
Oslo and Helsinki Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, BBC National
Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National, Zurich Opera Orchestra
and Hamburger Philharmoniker.
After her return to Boston Symphony with Gubaidulina's
Offertorium last November, she was invited for a concerto and
chamber music performance at Tanglewood Music Festival 2015 with
Christian Zacharias. This is followed by her highly anticipated
debuts with New York Philharmonic and Eschenbach playing Bartok
violin concerto No.2, with National Symphony of Washington and
Toronto Symphony. She returns to the orchestras of Seattle, Detroit
Earlier in 2015/16 Skride performs with Helsinki Philharmonic
and Storgards at the Palacio des Bellas Arte in Mexico, before she
gives her debuts with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de Sao
Paulo and Filharmonica de Minas Gerais. She crosses the Hemispheres
again for a tour with the New Zealand Symphony. In Asia she returns
to Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
Chamber music highlights include performances at the
Concertgebouw and Wigmore in duo recitals with her sister, pianist
Lauma Skride. They will be joined by Daniel Müller-Schott for trio
performances including the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and in
Bonn. Other partnerships this season include her trio with Sol
Gabetta and Bertrand Chamayou.
In August 2015 Skride releases her fifth disc for Orfeo,
featuring the Nielsen and Sibelius concertos and 2 Serenades with
Tampere Philharmonic/ Santtu-Matias Rouvali. The preceding CD with
the Szymanowski concertos with Oslo Philharmonic/Petrenko and
Mythes with Lauma Skride received the Award of the German Record
Critics and was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award. Earlier
recordings include a Schumann CD with Danish National Symphony/
Storgårds, a Stravinsky and Martin concerto CD with BBC National
Orchestra of Wales /Fischer, a Brahms box with Stockholm
Philharmonic/ Oramo, a Tchaikovsky CD with CBSO/ Nelsons.
Skride was born into a musical Latvian family in Riga where she
began her studies, transferring in 1995 to the Conservatory of
Music and Theatre in Rostock. In 2001 she won the 1st prize of the
Queen Elisabeth Competition. Since November 2010 Skride plays the
Stradivarius ''Ex Baron Feilitzsch'' violin (1734), which is
generously on loan to her from Gidon Kremer.
Baiba Skride, violin