(credit: Stu Rosner)
Boston Symphony Orchestra appoints Andris Nelsons as its next Music Director, following in the footsteps of Nikisch, Ozawa, Haitink and most recently James Levin from 2004-2011.
The 34-year-old Latvian is the orchestra's 15th MD, currently in its 132nd season. Nelsons' BSO debut was in March 2011 for Mahler's 9th at Carnegie Hall, subbing for an ailing Levine (James R. Oestreich had already called it back in 2011 on his review for the NYTimes).
Since 2008, Nelsons was MD at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and prior to that, he served as the principal conductor of Germany's Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and MD of the Latvian National Opera.