BOSTON —Today the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Andris Nelsons will become the new music director, the 15th director in the organization's 130-year history. 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.
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Nelsons is one of the most sought-after conductors on the international scene today, earning distinction on both the opera and concert podiums in Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, London and New York. Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, he began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting.
As Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) since 2008, Nelsons has earned critical acclaim. With the CBSO Mr Nelsons is undertaking major tours worldwide, including regular appearances at such summer festivals as the Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms and Berliner Festspiele.Together they have toured the major European concert halls, including the Musikverein, Vienna, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Gasteig, Munich and the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid. Nelsons made his debut in Japan on tour with Wiener Philharmoniker and returns to tour the Far East with the CBSO in November 2013.
Nelsons's first appearance with the BSO came in 2011, when he stepped in for James Levine, and last summer Nelsons conducted both the Boston Symphony Orchestra (in Ravel's La Valse) and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (in Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with Anne-Sophie Mutter) as part of Tanglewood's gala 75th-anniversary concert.