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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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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