Nelsons to leave City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra post in 2015

Posted on: October 3, 2013

“Citing his commitment to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, incoming music director Andris Nelsons announced today that he has decided not to renew his contract as music director for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra” in England, writes Geoff Edgers in Thursday’s (10/3) Boston Globe (subscription required). “That decision, which will end his tenure in England at the end of summer 2015, allows him to focus on his BSO post, which he begins full time next fall…. ‘This difficult decision comes in view of my new position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra alongside my wish to protect precious time with my young family,’ [Nelsons said in a statement].… That decision … allows him to focus more on his BSO post, which he begins full time next fall…. Nelsons and his wife, soprano Kristine Opolais, have a 1-year-old daughter, Adriana. [Boston Symphony Orchestra Managing Director Mark] Volpe said he does expect Nelsons to continue to visit Birmingham to serve as a guest conductor, as well as continue to do projects around the world…. Nelsons, 34, has been the music director in Birmingham since 2008.”

Posted October 3, 2013