"OUR WILL TO LIVE" • ANDRIS NELSONS • ANNETTE MILLER • Members of the BSO • the Symphony Hall debuts of music by Viktor Ullmann and Hans Krása • the North American premiere of the new TMF commission by the late ANDRÉ PREVIN • award recipient Norman L. Eisen • Monday, November 11 • Symphony Hall, Boston
We are thrilled to have the gracious support of Maestro Andris Nelsons for our Symphony Hall premiere of Hans Krása's Overture for Small Orchestra.
Named Musical America’s 2018 Artist of the Year, Andris Nelsons is in his fifth season as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Ray and Maria Stata Music Director. In February 2018, he also became Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
Nelsons made his BSO debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2011, his Tanglewood debut in July 2012, and his BSO subscription series debut in January 2013. His recordings with the BSO include the complete Brahms symphonies on BSO Classics; Grammy-winning recordings on Deutsche Grammophon of Shostakovich symphonies 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11 (The Year 1905) as part of a complete Shostakovich symphony cycle for that label; and a two-disc set pairing Shostakovich’s symphonies 6 and 7 (Leningrad). Under an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Andris Nelsons is also recording the complete Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic.
The 2018-19 season is Maestro Nelsons’s final season as artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and marks his first season as artist-in-residence at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. He continues his regular collaborations with the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic. Throughout his career, he has also established regular collaborations with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and he has been a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
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 music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2015, principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009, and music director of Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007.