Acclaimed director Nelsons to leave CBSO [Birmingham Post (England)]
(Birmingham Post (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Renowned music director Andris Nelsons has revealed he will leave the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the end of this season.
Nelsons, has decided not to renew his rolling contract from the end of summer 2015, concluding an outstanding tenure with the Orchestra.
The Latvian was appointed in 2008 and has created many memorable performances such as Wagner's Lohengrin and the 50th Anniversary performance of Britten's War Requiem in Coventry Cathedral alongside internationally acclaimed recordings.
The current season sees him lead the CBSO on its biggest-ever touring schedule, with 35 overseas concerts over the next 12 months.
He said: "With an extremely heavy heart I have reached the decision not to continue in my role as music director with my beloved CBSO after the 2014-2015 season. I have enjoyed five great seasons with this incredible orchestra and, while I look forward to another two in my current role, 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 was appointed as a relative unknown on the strength of a private concert and recording session in 2008.
CBSO chief executive Stephen Maddock said it proved to be an inspired choice.
He said: "Andris' decision to step down as music director has not been an easy one. He is one of the world's best conductors, and has recently accepted a second music director role at one of the world's greatest orchestras, the Boston Symphony; while his desire was to do everything that he could, he has to consider his family and his future. Whilst we will miss his energy and charisma in his leadership role here, we look forward to continuing to work with him regularly after 2015."
His role will continue until summer 2015 -taking in more than 90 concerts.
This season, concerts will include the celebration of Richard Strauss's 150th birthday with Symphonia Domestica, Don Juan, and the Four Last Songs with soprano Erin Wall.
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