In 2016-2017, his third season as the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Ray and Maria Stata
Music Director, Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in 14 wide-ranging subscription programs at
Symphony Hall, repeating three of them at Carnegie Hall, followed by two concerts in
Montreal and Toronto. In the summer of 2015, following his first season as music director,
his contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was extended through the 2021-2022 season.
In 2017-2018, he becomes Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, in
which capacity he will also bring both orchestras together for a unique multidimensional
alliance. He and the Boston Symphony Orchestra have made two European tours, following the
2015 Tanglewood season and in May 2016.
The 15th music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Nelsons made
his BSO debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2011 and his Tanglewood debut in July 2012. His
first CD with the BSO-live recordings of Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and
Sibelius's Symphony No. 2-was released in November 2014 on BSO Classics. In an ongoing,
multi-year collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, he and the BSO will release live
recordings of Shostakovich's complete symphonies, the opera Lady Macbeth of
Mtsensk, and other works by the composer. The first two releases in this series
(featuring symphonies nos. 5, 8, 9, and 10) won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral
Performance in 2016 and 2017.
In the next few seasons, Mr. Nelsons continues his collaborations with the Berliner
Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra. A regular guest at the Royal
Opera House, Vienna State Opera, and Metropolitan Opera, he was critically acclaimed as
music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2015.
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
principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to
2009 and music director of the Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Nelsons is the
subject of a 2013 DVD from Orfeo, a documentary film entitled Andris Nelsons: Genius on