Following the sudden resignation of Riccardo Chailly from Leipzig, just announced last week, Andris Nelsons is announced today as the 21st and the youngest Gewandhauskapellmeister in the history.
Andris Nelsons, in his own words stated, “Being appointed as the next Gewandhauskapellmeister of the
Gewandhausorchester is a completely overwhelming honour. This
extraordinary orchestra and its wonderful musicians are unique in so
many respects, and particularly in their creation of an exceptional
sound world based on outstanding tradition that is, at its heart,
inspirational. I feel a great sense of both excitement and
responsibility in assuming this role and I am so much looking forward to
deepening my relationship with the entire Gewandhaus team and with our
audiences in Leipzig and throughout the world; with us all looking
together, musically, to the future with the eyes and experiences of the
The appointment of Nelsons also marks a new era for Boston-Leipzig Alliance, involving numerous guest performances and collaborations of the two institutions in both cities. Christoph Wolff, Director of the Bach Archive from 2001 to 2013 in Leipzig will serve as an artistic advisor to the BSO/GWO Alliance.
Nelson's inaugural concert will take place at
the beginning of the 2017/2018 season.