Bos­ton ex­tends con­tract with young con­duc­tor

The China Post - - ARTS -

The Bos­ton Sym­phony Or­ches­tra on Mon­day ex­tended the con­tract of young Lat­vian con­duc­tor An­dris Nel­sons, hail­ing the warm re­ac­tion to his per­for­mances in his first year.

The or­ches­tra an­nounced a new eight-year deal with the 36-year-old mu­sic di­rec­tor, re­plac­ing an ini­tial 5-year du­ra­tion.

Mark Volpe, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the or­ches­tra, hailed Nel­sons’ “mag­nif­i­cent mu­si­cian­ship, his ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eros­ity of spirit and his deeply felt en­thu­si­asm for mu­sic and for life.”

The con­tract ex­tends Nel­sons’ ten­ure through 2022 but in­cludes a so-called ever­green clause, mean­ing it will be con­tin­u­ally re­newed un­less oth­er­wise de­cided.

The an­nounce­ment comes days af­ter Nel­sons’ first al­bum with the Bos­ton Sym­phony Or­ches­tra in a part­ner­ship with la­bel Deutsche Gram­mophon, which fea­tures works of Shostakovich, was named record­ing of the month by Gramo­phone, of­ten con­sid­ered the most pres­ti­gious pub­li­ca­tion in clas­si­cal mu­sic.

Nel­sons is lead­ing six per­for­mances in Au­gust at Tan­gle­wood, the Bos­ton Sym­phony Or­ches­tra’s long­time sum­mer re­treat, be­fore lead­ing the mu­si­cians on an 12-con­cert tour of Europe.

Start­ing off as a trum­peter, Nel­sons was named mu­sic di­rec­tor of the Lat­vian Na­tional Opera in his mid-20s.

He later headed the City of Birm­ing­ham Sym­phony Or­ches­tra in Bri­tain, where he won praise for his in­ter­pre­ta­tions and be­came a fre­quent guest at ma­jor in­ter­na­tional con­cert halls.

AP

In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo, Bos­ton Sym­phony Or­ches­tra mu­sic di­rec­tor An­dris Nel­sons re­hearses with the or­ches­tra at Sym­phony Hall in Bos­ton.

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