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Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons is recognized as one of the world's most renowned and innovative conductors.
Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Grammy Award-winning conductor Andris Nelsons has been Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2014. In February 2018, Nelsons also became Gewandhauskapellmeister (music director) of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Nelsons has recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra the album "Under Stalin's Shadow," of the Symphony No 10 of Shostakovich, which obtained a Grammy Award for best orchestral performance in 2015.
It was a last-minute upset, but not unusual for the Bayreuth Festival. Conductor Andris Nelsons called off his opening night performance and will be replaced by Hartmut Haenchen. Here's a history of Bayreuth drop-outs.
The Swedish trumpet soloist, Håkan Hardenberger, received his first trumpet aged 8 and hasn´t looked back since. On this episode of Sarah's Music, Sarah Willis meets him in Berlin, where he is playing a concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Andris Nelsons.
In the fourth episode, Sarah Willis pays a visit to the annual Beethovenfest in Bonn. She meets Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons to discuss the life and work of the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven. This year’s festival features a performance by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra of all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies.