Andris Nelsons appointed Boston Symphony Music Director

16 May 2013, 16:27 | Updated: 16 May 2013, 18:26

The Maestro is the youngest music director to lead the orchestra in more than 100 years, succeeding James Levine in the prestigious post.

Conductor Andris Nelsons has been appointed the 15th Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it was announced today. He is set to make his first visit to the city since being appointed in June, after guest conducting orchestras throughout Europe, as well as leading concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is a formal rolling contract until the end of the 2014-15 season.
Nelsons has taken on the role for an initial five year commitment, and will also lead several programs each season at Tanglewood, the orchestra’s summer music festival in Massachusetts. He said he hoped to work closely with the orchestra to bring his passion for music to the rest of the world.

"I am deeply honoured and touched that the Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed me its next music director, as it is one of the highest achievements a conductor could hope for in his lifetime," he said.  "Each time I have worked with the BSO I have been inspired by how effectively it gets to the heart of the music, always leaving its audience with a great wealth of emotions.  So it is with great joy that I truly look forward to joining this wonderful musical family and getting to know the beautiful city of Boston and the community that so clearly loves its great orchestra."

Nelsons made his BSO debut in March 2011, leading Mahler's Symphony No. 9. He will act as the BSO Music Director Designate for the 2013-14 season, making his first appearance in October, leading music by Wagner, Mozart and Brahms.