The Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed Andris Nelsons as Music Director from the 2014/15 season, for an initial five year commitment. He is the 15th music director of the orchestra since its founding in 1881, succeeding James Levine who held the position from 2004 to 2011. At 34 years old, Andris Nelsons is the youngest music director to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in over 100 years; he is also the first Latvian-born conductor to take on the post.
“I am deeply honoured and touched that the Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed me its next music director, as it is one of the highest achievements a conductor could hope for in his lifetime,” said Andris Nelsons. “Each time I have worked with the BSO I have been inspired by how effectively it gets to the heart of the music, always leaving its audience with a wealth of emotions. So it is with great joy that I truly look forward to joining this wonderful musical family and getting to know the beautiful city of Boston and the community that so clearly loves its great orchestra. As I consider my future with the Boston Symphony, I imagine us working closely together to bring the deepest passion and love that we all share for music to ever greater numbers of music fans in Boston, at Tanglewood, and throughout the world.”
Andris Nelsons made his BSO debut in March 2011, conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at Carnegie Hall in place of James Levine. Last summer, he made his Tanglewood Festival debut, conducting both the BSO and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. In January this year, he made his Symphony Hall debut with the BSO, leading a programme of Shostakovich’s 1st Violin Concerto with fellow Latvian compatriot, Baiba Skride, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.
As Music Director, Nelsons will lead approximately 8-10 weeks of programmes during the BSO’s 2014/15 subscription season in Boston’s Symphony Hall, and will lead 12 weeks of programmes in each subsequent season. He will also lead programmes at Tanglewood. Nelsons will act as Music Director Designate for the BSO’s 2013/14 season, making his first appearance in that official capacity October 17-19 with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, with soloist Paul Lewis, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 3.
Andris Nelsons’ appointment consolidates a long standing relationship between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Konzertdirektion Schmid, whose close musical alliance began over 40 years ago when company founder, Hans Ulrich Schmid, brought the orchestra on a major tour to Europe in 1971.
President Cornelia Schmid said: “This is a thrilling and historic day for all of us at Konzertdirektion Schmid. We have accompanied Andris Nelsons’ career from the very beginning and his appointment as Music Director of the Boston Symphony fills us with tremendous pride. The long-standing history between Konzertdirektion Schmid and the BSO, which goes back to my father’s time and my first steps in the music business as a guide at Tanglewood, makes this appointment particularly special for the company. It therefore feels very apt to be even more closely associated with this wonderful institution and we greatly look forward to a bright future of exciting projects and tours in this new historic chapter.”
BSO’s Managing Director, Mark Volpe, said: “All of us at the BSO are incredibly proud to be part of this landmark moment in the BSO’s 132-year history, as we announce the appointment of Andris Nelsons as the next Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We believe that Andris Nelsons will further the BSO’s proud standing as one of the world’s greatest orchestras and bring his singular musical gifts to the orchestra and its countless fans in Boston, across the nation, and around the globe. We so look forward to working closely with our wonderful and long-time colleagues at Konzertdirektion Schmid to create the best possible environment for Andris Nelsons and the BSO to realize their highest goals in making music together.”
Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today, earning distinction on both the opera and concert podiums, including those of the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera and the Bayreuth Festival.
Mr Nelsons’ tenure since 2008 as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has earned widespread critical acclaim as one of the most exciting musical partnerships in Europe, through their appearances worldwide and their award-winning recordings for Orfeo and Unitel.
Andris Nelsons in Berlin and live on the movie screen (4 Mar 2013)
From 7th-9th March, Andris Nelsons comes to Berlin to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic for three concerts. The programme includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture as well as Shostakovitch’s Symphony No. 6. All three concerts are already sold out but there is another possibility to watch the performance: The second concert on 8th March will be broadcasted live in many cinemas in Germany and around Europe. Moreover, you can meet Andris Nelsons personally at Medienkaufhaus Dussmann on 4th March where he talks about his upcoming projects and his new CD, a live recording of his concert with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra playing Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9.
On 25th March, Nelsons conducts the Berlin Philharmonic at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. Together with violinist Maxim Vengerov, they play Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major.
Andris Nelsons conducts the Vienna Philharmonic (16 Nov 2012)
Andris Nelsons will conduct a series of concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, starting this Sunday (18.11.) with a concert at the Musikverein in Vienna. The programme includes the overtures to Wagner’s “Rienzi” and “Der fliegende Holländer”, the Prelude to “Lohengrin” and the Prelude to act 3 of “Lohengrin”, followed by Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”. A few days later, Nelsons and the orchestra will visit Munich (Philharmonie, 22.11.) and Paris (Théâtre de Champs-Elysées, 23.11.). The soloist of these concerts will be Hélène Grimaud, playing Brahms’ second Piano concerto. The final concert will take place back in Vienna on 25th November at the Konzerthaus where Nelsons will be conducting for the first time.
On 21st November, the ARTE channel will broadcast a documentary about Andris Nelsons. The film director Astrid Bscher accompanied Nelsons for over 2 years. The result is a 52-minute portrait in which many of his companions have their say as well.
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Diapason d'or for Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (27 Aug 2012)
Andris Nelsons receives the "Diapason d'Or" for his DVD with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, released in May 2012 on the C Major label. The DVD shows a live recording of their performance at the Lucerne Festival in 2011 with Richard Wagner's "Rienzi" overture, the "Dance of the Seven Veils" from Richard Strauss' opera "Salome" as well as Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8. The “Diapason d’or” is a monthly award of the French music journal "Diapason" and is considered as one of the most important record awards in Europe.
Andris Nelsons extends contract with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (16 Aug 2012)
Andris Nelsons has extended his contract as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on the basis of an annual rolling renewal from the 2014/15 season onwards. Nelsons obtained this position in September 2008 and was able to renew his contract less than one year later until 2013/14. Together with the orchestra, he is undertaking extensive tours to musical hotspots worldwide, including concerts at such prestigious summer festivals as the Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms and Berliner Festspiele. Equally successful is their recording cooperation with Orfeo International with six CD releases since 2009. Over half of these recordings have been awarded with a “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” and in October 2011, Andris Nelsons received the prestigious ECHO Klassik of the German Phono Academy in the category "Conductor of the Year" for his recording with the CBSO of Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’ and ‘Symphony of Psalms’.
Andris Nelsons to conduct Wagner's "Parsifal" in Bayreuth (26 Jul 2012)
2016 will see a new production of Wagner's "Parsifal" at Bayreuth, with Andris Nelsons as conductor. The announcement was made by Katharina Wagner and Eva Wagner-Pasquier at a press conference that marked the beginning of this season's festival. The opera will be staged by the visual artist Jonathan Meese, who has been engaged as director. In the leading parts, Klaus Florian Vogt will star as Parsifal, Petra Lang as Kundry and Georg Zeppenfeld as Gurnemanz.
Andris Nelsons returns to Bayreuth to conduct Wagner's Lohengrin (24 Jul 2012)
Andris Nelsons returns to the Bayreuth festival again this season, conducting Hans Neuenfels' 2010 staging of "Lohengrin" for the third time. The performances are on July 27, as well as on August 2, 8, 13, 19 and 25. In an editorial that was published recently in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, German music critic Eleonore Büning examined the issue why the production continues to attract the attention of opera-goers even in its third year. She offered an explanation: "It is because works of art that have a meaning and a soul trigger unexpected reactions in people. [...] They do not have to be new, and especially not holy. But they are immortal. It seems as if director Hans Neuenfels has achieved something immortal together with conductor Andris Nelsons in his Bayreuth version of 'Lohengrin' from 2010."
Andris Nelsons to conduct Waldbühne concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker (13 Jun 2012)
Andris Nelsons returns to the podium of the Berliner Philharmoniker in June, standing in for Seiji Ozawa in three concerts. Two of the performances are at the Philharmonie, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Mahler’s lieder cycle “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” with Matthias Goerne as soloist. They are followed by the legendary Waldbühne concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker. This popular open-air event is generally regarded as one of Berlin’s most beloved highlights during the summer season. In it, Nelsons conducts a Tchaikovsky programme: violinist Daishin Kashimoto appears as soloist in “Sérénade mélancholique”, followed by the Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34 and “Souvenir d’un lieu cher”.
Andris Nelsons conducts Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" and two concerts with Berlin's Staatskapelle (4 May 2012)
Andris Nelsons is returning to
In addition, Andris Nelsons conducts two concerts with the Staatskapelle Berlin on 14 and 15 May. The programme features Harrison Birtwistle's "Antiphonies" for piano and orchestra and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica"). The soloist is Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on tour with Jonas Kaufmann, Rudolf Buchbinder and Anna Vinnitskaya (6 Mar 2012)
Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are about to embark on a tour through some of Europe’s major centres of classical music. The orchestra and its Music Director collaborate with renowned soloists in offering diverse programmes to local audiences. Venues include the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Luxembourg’s and Munich’s Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The guests travelling with the orchestra are star tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who sings lieder of Mahler and Strauss, as well as pianists Rudolf Buchbinder and Anna Vinnitskaya, who take turns as soloists in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. A particular highlight of the tour is a concert performance of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on March 11.
Andris Nelsons kicks off new year with works of Richard Strauss (12 Jan 2012)
For Andris Nelsons, a series of concerts in
Andris Nelsons to Make Debut with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig on December 1st (25 Nov 2011)
Leipzig has been one of the few remaining white spots on Andris Nelsons' map of orchestras - that is, until recently, as he is about to make his debut with the Gewandhausorchester on December 1st. Nelsons will appear with the prestigious orchestra three times in a row. On December 1st and 2nd, the programme will feature "Don Juan" by Richard Strauss, Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, with Nikolai Lugansky as soloist. Both concerts will be broadcast by MDR radio. The last concert, on December 3rd, is aimed at young listeners in particular. School children will participate actively in the concert; in the second half, the tone poem "Don Juan" will be explained with music examples and subsequently be performed in its entirety.
Andris Nelsons to go on tour again with the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest: Concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Greece (9 Nov 2011)
Following his international debut tour with the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest last August and September, Andris Nelsons will conduct the orchestra again in November. The tour leads the orchestra across Europe. It begins with two opening concerts in Amsterdam on November 16 and 17, followed by concerts in Baden-Baden (19.11), Vienna (20.11.) and Athens (22. and 23.11.). Together with the orchestra, the French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will perform the fifth piano concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns. Furthermore, the programme includes Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” suite and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” overture.
Andris Nelsons and the CBSO together with Christian Tetzlaff and Håkan Hardenberger on tour of Southern Europe (27 Sep 2011)
On October 3, 2011 Andris Nelsons and the CBSO embark on a tour visiting several big European cities: the tour begins in Turin (3rd October), followed by concerts in Zurich (4th October), Toulouse (5th October), Madrid (8th and 9th October) and Barcelona (10th October). They are joined by the two soloists Christian Tetzlaff (Violin) and Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet). The programme includes symphonic works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms and R. Strauss as well as Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, HK Gruber’s "3 MOB Pieces" and Dvořák’s Violin Concerto op. 53.
Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to open the season in Birmingham with Verdi's Requiem (15 Sep 2011)
Two more concerts will take place on September 28 and 29. The programme includes Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, the tone poem Don Juan by Richard Strauss as well as Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.
Back with the Berlin Philharmonic (7 Sep 2011)
One year after his „sensational debut at the stand of the Philharmonic” (Berliner Morgenpost) in October 2010, Andris Nelsons returns to the Berlin Philharmonic on September 10. Nelsons and the Philharmonic, together with the soloists Gabor Tarkövi (trumpet) and Jan Schlichte (percussion), will perform Wolfgang Rihm’s Marsyas-Rhapsody for trumpet with percussion and orchestra at the Musikfest Berlin. The programme also includes works by Pfitzner, Kaminski, and Strauss. The concert will be repeated on September 11 as a matinée.
Andris Nelsons on tour for the first time with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - with concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland (17 Aug 2011)
The tour begins on August 24 and 29 with two opening concerts in
Andris Nelsons to receive ECHO Klassik (21 Jul 2011)
Andris Nelsons will be awarded this year’s ECHO Klassik as „Conductor of the Year”. This was announced today by Deutsche Phono-Akademie, the cultural arm of
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Festival Bayreuth: Andris Nelsons conducts „Lohengrin“ / Live broadcast on arte (21 Jul 2011)
From 27th July onwards, Andris Nelsons conducts six performances of “Lohengrin” at the Bayreuther Festspiele. Last year, Nelsons made his debut as musical director of this production by Hans Neuenfels and received high praise from the press. The Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote: “This conducting ranks with
The TV station arte broadcasts live one of these performances on 14th August. It is the first time that an opera performance from Bayreuth is shown on TV.
Returning to Covent Garden: Andris Nelsons conducts Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” at the Royal Opera House (17 Jun 2011)
In June and July, Andris Nelsons conducts five of six performances of Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” at the Royal Opera House in
Andris Nelsons made his debut at the Royal Opera House in 2009 with “La Bohème” by Puccini.
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Puccini’s Opera "Suor Angelica" with Andris Nelsons, Kristīne Opolais and the WDR Sinfonieorchester (9 May 2011)
On 13th May, Andris Nelsons conducts a concert evening of female voices at the Philharmonie Cologne: The concert begins with a performance of Claude Debussy’s “Nocturnes” for orchestra and female choir. This is followed by Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Suor Angelica” in a concertante performance. Participants are the WDR Sinfonieorchester, the WDR Rundfunkchor Cologne as well as the Children’s’ Choir of the Theatre Bonn. Among the soloists are Kristīne Opolais, who sings the title role, as well as Mojca Erdmann (Suor Genovieffa) and Lioba Braun (La Zia Principessa). The programme is repeated on 14th May in Cologne and on 20th May at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. The latter is conducted by Nelsons' assistant David Marlow.
Debut at Carnegie Hall: The "Boston Globe" praises Andris Nelsons’ first concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1 Apr 2011)
In March, Andris Nelsons stepped in for James Levine at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conducted Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at Carnegie Hall. The Boston Globe wrote: “Just over a month after his critically lauded New York Philharmonic debut, Nelsons scored a triumph on Thursday night in his BSO debut, leading the orchestra in a thoughtful and enthralling performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony in Carnegie Hall.”
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At the same time, Nelsons conducted several performances of Tchaikovsky’s „Queen of Spades“ at the Metropolitan Opera. These were met with much approval in the press as well. The New York Times wrote: “On Friday night Nelsons drew a pulsing, textured and gravely beautiful, if not flawless, performance of “The Queen of Spades” from the Met orchestra.”
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Double debut for Andris Nelsons (3 Mar 2011)
Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the first time on 17th March which simultaneously marks his debut at Carnegie Hall. He steps in for James Levine in a performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony. Also in
Andris Nelsons debuts with New York Philharmonic on 10th February and returns to the Metropolitan Opera in March (4 Feb 2011)
Important debut for Andris Nelsons in the United States: In February, he conducts the New York Philharmonic for the first time. The programme includes the 5th Symphony by Shostakovich as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The soloist is the American pianist Jonathan Biss. The same programme is played in a matinee on 11th February and in another evening concert on 12th February.
Just one month later, Andris Nelsons returns to New York and the Metropolitan Opera where he gave his successful debut with Puccini’s “Turandot” in October 2009. This time, he conducts five performances of Tchaikovsky’s “Pique Dame” between 11th and 26th March. Among the singers are Karita Mattila (Lisa), Tamara Mumford (Polina), Dolora Zajick (The Countess), Vladimir Galouzine (Hermann), Alexey Markov (Tomsky) and Peter Mattei (Yeletsky).
Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra embark on a European tour (5 Jan 2011)
In January, Andris Nelsons and the City of
Celebrating the old and the coming year: Andris Nelsons conducts the New Year’s Eve concert of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (21 Dec 2010)
Andris Nelsons looks back at a successful year with a number of great debuts – to make this complete and to start into an exciting new year, he conducts the New Year’s Eve concert of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Under the slogan “Ein Strauß von Sträussen” (“A bouquet of works by Strauss and Strauß”), the programme includes several compositions by Richard Strauss and Johann Strauß Jr. Among them are “Till Eugenspiegels lustige Streiche” and some songs by Richard Strauss as well as the “Fledermaus” overture, “An der schönen blauen Donau” and the “Kaiser-Walzer” by Johann Strauss. The soloist of the evening is the soprano Kristīne Opolais.
Andris Nelsons continues the Mahler cycle in Birmingham and visits his hometown Riga with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for the first time (19 Nov 2010)
Commemorating the centenary of Mahler’s death, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has initiated the “Birmingham Mahler Cycle” and invites its audience to listen to all Mahler symphonies for the first time in the orchestra’s history. After the successful opening of the concert series in September with the “Sinfonie der Tausend” (Symphony No. 8), Nelsons conducts Mahler’s 5th Symphony on 23rd and 24th November. This symphony contains the famous Adagietto which is well known from Visconti’s “Death in Venice”. On 26th and 27th November, Nelsons and the CBSO perform Mahler’s 5th Symphony again as part of their first concerts in Riga. The venue for these concerts is the Latvian National Opera where Andris Nelsons started his career as trumpeter and where he subsequently became Music Director.
90 years City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons conducts the anniversary concert on 10th November (4 Nov 2010)
Under the baton of their Music Director Andris Nelsons, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 90th birthday with an anniversary concert. Nelsons conducts “his” musicians in Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier”, Haydn’s Symphony No. 90 C major and, 100 years after its world premiere, Elgar’s Violin Concerto B minor op. 61. Elgar himself conducted the orchestra in their first concert. The same year, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra had been brought to life by leading political and social figures within the city. Since then, it has developed into an orchestra of worldwide reputation with its own concert hall in Birmingham: Symphony Hall. The anniversary concert is repeated on 11th October. Furthermore, 31 concerts take place in various schools across Birmingham.
Following his debuts in London, Berlin and Vienna: Andris Nelsons tours Japan 1st - 5th November (30 Oct 2010)
Exciting weeks with three important debuts lie behind Andris Nelsons: At the end of September, he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra for the first time, in October, he made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and only a few days later with the Vienna Philharmonic. For all of these concerts, Nelsons received high praise from the audience and the press. The Times asked: “Does any conductor exude so much joy in the job on the podium as the City of Birmingham Symphony maestro, Andris Nelsons?” In Berlin, the Tagesspiegel was convinced that Nelsons is well on the way to become a “favourite conductor” of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berliner Morgenpost stated: “A sensational concert, a sensational conducting debut at the Philharmonie.” In Vienna, the Standard saw “sparks of joy” which Nelsons and the Vienna Philharmonic kindled in their “Concert for Austria” and the newspaper Österreich wrote: “This was not just a concert, this was music for Austria, and that’s more.” In a few days, Nelsons and the Vienna Philharmonic embark on a tour to Japan where the Latvian makes his debut in Toyko on 1st November. This is followed by concerts in Kawaguchi (2.11.), Tokyo (4.11.) and Kawasaki (5.11.).
Debut with the Orchestre de Paris: Andris Nelsons conducts works by Strauss and Mozart (26 Oct 2010)
After his successful debut with the Vienna Philharmonic, Andris Nelsons continues his series of first appearances in Paris, conducting the Orchestre de Paris on 29th October. The programme includes “Metamorphosen” and “Also sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss as well as Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in d Minor KV 466. The soloist in this concerto is Mihaela Ursuleasa.
Nelsons debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic on 24th October (18 Oct 2010)
Another important debut for Andris Nelsons: On 24th October, he leads the Vienna Philharmonic for the first time. Stepping in for Seiji Ozawa, the performance in
Debut with the Berlin Philharmonic (6 Oct 2010)
On 14th October, Andris Nelsons debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic. The programme includes the 8th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich as well as Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto “Dem Andenken eines Engels”. The soloist is Baiba Skride who performs for the first time with the Philharmonic as well. Of the two concerts which follow this performance on 15th and 16th October, the latter is broadcast live in the “Digital Concert Hall” of the Berlin Philharmonic: www.digitalconcerthall.com
Andris Nelsons makes his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra (22 Sep 2010)
On 30 September, Andris Nelsons makes his debut appearance with the London Symphony Orchestra, with mainly Russian repertoire. In the Barbican Centre in
Impressive finale of the CBSO’s festival tour in Grafenegg (25 Aug 2010)
Andris Nelsons and the City of
Andris Nelsons and the CBSO currently on a festival tour (16 Aug 2010)
In August, Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are invited to the most prestigious European music festivals. The orchestra performs in
High praise for "Lohengrin" in Bayreuth (28 Jul 2010)
Only a day has passed since the opening of the Bayreuther Festspiele and yet the international press has recognized the premiere of 'Lohengrin'. The „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ wrote that it „belongs in Bayreuth´s best in the past years, apart from Christian Thielemann´s ‘Meistersinger’ and ‘Parsifal’ of Pierre Boulez.” The „Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“: „The Vorspiel sounds silky and transparent, Ortrud´s and Telramund´s gruff motifs appear expressionisticly corrugated“ The Swiss “Tagesanzeiger” writes “the orchestra plays clearly, elegantly, at no time bombasticly.“ In the French “Le Figaro” you could read: “The youngest conductor in the history of Bayreuth, Andris Nelsons, has completely baffled us once more. “
Debut on the Green Hill (7 Jul 2010)
On the 25th of July, Andris Nelsons conducts his debut performance at the opening night of the world-famous Richard Wagner Festival in
Andris Nelsons conducts „Lohengrin“ in Birmingham (9 Jun 2010)
On 12th June, Andris Nelsons conducts the City of
Andris Nelsons steps in for Seiji Ozawa with Vienna Philharmonic (14 May 2010)
Andris Nelsons will make his concert debut with Vienna Philharmonic this autumn, conducting six performances with the Orchestra. He will be stepping in for an indisposed Seiji Ozawa, who has cancelled these concerts upon the advice of his doctor. The first appearance, in Vienna’s Musikverein on 24th October 2010, marks Nelsons’ official debut with the Orchestra. This is followed by concerts in Rome (the Vatican) and several performances on the Orchestra’s tour of Japan. Further tour concerts in Japan will be led by Esa-Pekka Salonen. As well as marking his concert debut with the Orchestra, this will also be Nelsons’ first appearance in front of audiences in Japan, ahead of spring 2011 when he is already engaged to conduct “Lohengrin” at the Spring Festival in Tokyo - TOKYO OPERA NOMORI.
TV broadcast on 6 May: Andris Nelsons conducts „Carmen“ at the State Opera in Vienna (5 May 2010)
On Thursday, 6 May, the TV stations ORF2 and Bayerisches Fernsehen will broadcast “Carmen” live from the Viennese State Opera. The premiere of the musical revival on 3 May had received outstanding reviews. Viennese music critic Karl Löbl writes: “Everyone who remembers Carlos Kleiber’s Carmen will agree that Nelsons’ production is of the same quality. Nelsons’ conducting style is characterized by an affectionate attention to detail and exceptional strength in musical dramatic art. He conducts with a real personal and physical dedication, he enlivens and controls the stage through vivid correspondence. We are, without a doubt, currently witnessing the start of a magnificent career.”
Andris Nelsons steps in for Mariss Jansons at the Vienna State Opera, conducting "Carmen" (19 Apr 2010)
On 3rd May, Andris Nelsons premieres a musical revival of Bizets “Carmen” at the Vienna State Opera, stepping in for an indisposed Mariss Jansons. This eagerly anticipated production includes a cast including Nadia Krasteva (Carmen) and Anna Netrebko (Micaela). Now a regular guest at this prestigious opera house, Nelsons previously stepped in for Seiji Ozawa in June 2008 for performances of "Pique Dame" and has since conducted "Tosca" and "Madame Butterfly". His next opera appearance following Vienna will be his debut at the Bayreuth Festival 2010 with a new production of "Lohengrin".
Important debut in April: Andris Nelsons conducts Staatskapelle Berlin (25 Mar 2010)
In April, Andris Nelsons makes his symphonic debut with Staatskapelle
Major Tour of Germany finishes with a concert in Hamburg (24 Mar 2010)
On 23 March, Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra gave a performance in Hamburg, following a previous ten concerts. In conclusion of the Tour of Germany, the audience experienced Stravinsky's “Firebird” and Shostakovitch´s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Baiba Skride. This night was preceded by concerts in Cologne, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Dortmund, amongst others. Other main works of the tour were Tchaikovsky´s Violin Concerto and his Fifth Symphony. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “He is an extraordinarily precise, sensitive coordinator and sound director who at times switches individual sections of the orchestra on or off like organ stops”; the Stuttgarter Nachrichten commented: “With imploring gestures, Andris Nelsons was able to electrify his orchestra with every ounce of himself .”
Stravinsky CD to be released for the Tour of Germany with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1 Mar 2010)
Following a concert in Utrecht, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra tours Germany, starting with a concert in Cologne on 12th March. Other concerts take place in Hannover (13th March), Regensburg (14th), Stuttgart (16th), Freiburg (17th), Düsseldorf (18th), Heidelberg (20th), Frankfurt (21st), Dortmund (22nd) and Hamburg (23rd). The soloists in Cologne and Frankfurt are Håkan Hardenberger and violinist Alina Pogostkina. In the remaining eight concerts, Baiba Skride plays Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor or the Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky which she recorded with Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2008. The programme of this extensive tour also includes Wagner's "Meistersinger von Nürnberg" overture and Mozart's "Don Giovanni" overture, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and Stravinsky's "Firebird". In Germany, Nelsons's new CD with the CBSO is released on the label Orfeo, just in time of the tour, featuring Stravinsky's "Firebird" and his "Symphony of Psalms". The release in other European countries, the UK and the USA will be later. The tour in March is their first extensive German tour after some guest performances in Bonn, Berlin and Wuppertal in September 2009.