Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons made his Royal Opera debut in December 2009 with La bohème, and has since returned to conduct Madama Butterfly, Salome, Elektra and Der fliegende Holländer. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to conduct Der Rosenkavalier. He is Music Director of Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhauskapellmeister elect of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, beginning that position at the start of the 2017/18 season.
Nelsons was born in Riga and began his career as a trumpeter with Latvian National Opera before studying conducting. In the 2016/17 season Nelsons is Artist in Residence with Konzerthaus Dortmund and continues collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouworchestra, Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 2008–15, Principal Conductor of Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Herford, 2006–9 and Music Director of Latvian National Opera 2003–7.
Nelsons is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon, with which his projects include a Grammy Award-winning set of the complete Shostakovich symphonies with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester and Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Nelsons is an exclusive artist for audiovisuals with Unitel GmbH.
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