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The 2019-20 season, Andris Nelsons’ sixth as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, marks his fifth anniversary in that position. Named Musical America’s 2018 Artist of the Year, Mr. Nelsons leads fifteen of the BSO’s twenty-six weeks of concerts this season, ranging from repertoire favorites by Beethoven, Dvořák, Gershwin, Grieg, Mozart, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky to world and American premieres of BSO-commissioned works from Eric Nathan, Betsy Jolas, Arturs Maskats, and HK Gruber. The season also brings the continuation of his complete Shostakovich symphony cycle with the orchestra, and collaborations with an impressive array of guest artists, including a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde, Act III—one of three BSO programs he will also conduct at Carnegie Hall—with Jonas Kaufmann and Emily Magee in the title roles. In addition, February 2020 brings a major tour to Asia in which Maestro Nelsons and the BSO give their first concerts together in Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
In February 2018, Andris Nelsons became Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester (GHO) Leipzig, in which capacity he also brings the BSO and GHO together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance including a BSO/GHO Musician Exchange program and an exchange component within each orchestra’s acclaimed academy for advanced music studies. A major highlight of the BSO/GHO Alliance is a focus on complementary programming, through which the BSO celebrates “Leipzig Week in Boston” and the GHO celebrates “Boston Week in Leipzig,” thereby highlighting each other’s musical traditions through uniquely programmed concerts, chamber music performances, archival exhibits, and lecture series. For this season’s “Leipzig Week in Boston,” under Maestro Nelsons’ leadership in November, the entire Gewandhausorchester Leipzig comes to Symphony Hall for joint concerts with the BSO as well as two concerts of its own.
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. They have so far made three European tours together: immediately following the 2018 Tanglewood season, when they played concerts in London, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Lucerne, Paris, and Amsterdam; in May 2016, a tour that took them to eight cities in Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg; and, after the 2015 Tanglewood season, a tour that took them to major European capitals and the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals.
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 recent two-disc set pairing Shostakovich’s symphonies 6 and 7 (Leningrad). This November, a new release on Naxos features Andris Nelsons and the orchestra in the world premieres of BSO-commissioned works by Timo Andres, Eric Nathan, Sean Shepherd, and George Tsontakis. 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.
During the 2019-20 season, Andris Nelsons continues his ongoing collaborations with the Vienna Philharmonic. Throughout his career, he has also established regular collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, 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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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