Andris Nelsons: Biography at a glance

Andris Nelsons

Born: Nov. 18, 1978, in Riga, Latvia. Nelsons was reared in a family of ­musicians.

Family: Married to Kristine­ Opolais, a soprano who recently received wide acclaim in her Metropolitan Opera debut in Puccini’s “La Rondine.” The couple live in Riga with their 17-month-old daughter, Adriana.


Professional history: Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting.

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He was music director of the Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007; served as principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009; and was named music director of the City of Birmingham (UK) Symphony Orchestra in 2008. He has led performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Metropolitan Opera, among others.

Nelsons made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in March 2011, leading Mahler’s “Symphony No. 9” at Carnegie Hall in place of James Levine. Last summer, he conducted both the Boston­ Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of Tanglewood’s gala 75th-anniversary concert. Nelsons made his Symphony Hall debut with the BSO in January.

SOURCE: Boston Symphony Orchestra