2020-21 BSO Conductors

Andris Nelsons

Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, endowed in perpetuity

The 2020-2021 season is Andris Nelsons seventh as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Ray and Maria Stata Music Director.

Bernard Haitink

LaCroix Family Fund Conductor Emeritus, endowed in perpetuity

Bernard Haitink’s conducting career began 60 years ago with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Holland.

Seiji Ozawa

Music Director Laureate

Seiji Ozawa is Music Director of the Vienna State Opera since the 2002/2003 season and is an annual and favored guest of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Thomas Adès

Deborah and Philip Edmundson Artistic Partner

Now in his third year as the BSO’s Deborah and Philip Edmundson Artistic Partner, a position created specifically for him and just recently extended through the BSO’s 2020-21 season, composer-conductor-pianist Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971.

Thomas Wilkins

Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor, endowed in perpetuity

Thomas Wilkins is Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony’s Artistic Advisor, Education and Community Engagement, and holds Indiana University’s Henry A. Upper Chair of Orchestral Conducting. He completed his long and successful tenure as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra at the close of the 2020/2021 season.

Anna Rakitina

Assistant Conductor

Recent second-prize winner at the Malko Conducting Competition in Denmark, Anna Rakitina has degrees from the Moscow Conservatory in both musicology and conducting, with a graduate diploma in conducting from the Hochschule Hamburg, received in 2018.