Boston Symphony appoints Andris Nelsons music director

Posted on: May 16, 2013

Thursday (5/16) on the New York Times blog Culture Monster, Zachary Woolfe reports, “The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced on Thursday that the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons will be its new music director, ending a two-year search that began when James Levine resigned the post in 2011 due to health problems. Mr. Nelsons, 34, has been music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Britain since 2008. He made his debut with the Boston Symphony in 2011, replacing Mr. Levine. This summer he will lead the orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem at Tanglewood, its summer home. Next season he will have the title music director designate and will appear in concerts at Symphony Hall in Boston in October and March. Reviewing Mr. Nelsons’ performance of Stravinsky’s ‘Symphony of Psalms’ with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood last summer in the New York Times, James R. Oestreich wrote that the conductor ‘eased into the hypnotic strains of the final hymn of praise with utmost delicacy and refinement.’ ”

Posted May 16, 2013