Andris Nelsons Announced New Leipzig Gewandhaus Music Director

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The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has today announced the appointment of 36 year old Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons as their new Music Director – effective September 2017.

He will replace Riccardo Chailly, 62, who announced earlier this month he is set to step down in June of next year - four years before his contract was due to expire.

Nelson will continue to also serve as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra – through to at least the conclusion of the 2022 season.

“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,”  Andris has said.

“Nelsons is a consummate magician of sound … I am so thankful that we have been successful in securing him for our orchestra” Orchestra General Director, Andreas Schulz has said.