Nelsons to remain in Boston through 2025

October 5, 2020 at 1:08 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Andris Nelsons, here with CEO Mark Volpe, extended his contract as BSO music director through 2025. Photo: Hilary Scott

Andris Nelsons will continue as a Boston fixture through 2025.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Monday that Andris Nelsons has extended his current contact three more years, which will take its popular music director through the 2024-25 season with the BSO.

“It is with great optimism and enthusiasm that I welcome the opportunity to continue my close collaboration with the musicians of the extraordinary Boston Symphony Orchestra, and by extension its incredibly loyal community of followers in Boston and throughout the world,” said Nelsons in a statement released by the BSO.

“I am so grateful to the musicians of the Boston Symphony for placing their trust and belief in me as their conductor these past six years,” he added. “This bond is at the heart of what enables us to grow together in our music-making and to create the inspirational performances we so desire to offer our wonderful audiences.” 

The announcement was made in Leipzig Monday morning due to Covid-19 travel restrictions preventing the Latvian conductor from flying to Boston. He is expected to return to Boston in early 2021.

At the same time, Nelsons’ contract was also extended as kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, and the two orchestras announced that their partnership in the BSO/GHO Alliance will continue through 2025.

The BSO suspended all fall concerts due to the pandemic and is presenting new online content and archival performances in its BSO at Home series at

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