Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today, earning a distinguished name for himself both on the opera and concert podiums. Over the next few seasons he will continue collaborations with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, and Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra. He recently made his debut in Japan, on tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, and this season he will make his debut with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Andris Nelsons is a regular guest at Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, and Deutsche Staatsoper. In the summer of 2011 he returned to the Bayreuth Fetival as musical director for a new production of Lohengrin, directed by Hans Neuenfels; and returns there in 2012.
Mr. Nelsons has been music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) since 2008 and has made regular appearances with the orchestra on tour and at the Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms, and Berlin Music Festival. He and the CBSO are working toward releasing the complete orchestral works of Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss for Orfeo International. He received the 2011 ECHO Klassik award as Conductor of the Year for his recording with CBSO of Stravinsky's Firebird and Symphony of Psalms.
Born in Riga, Latvia in 1978 to 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 North West German Philharmonic in Herford, Germany from 2006 to 2009 and music director of the Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007.