Andris Nelsons

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Andris Nelsons (born November 18 1978) is a Latvian conductor. He is particularly known as the conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Life[change | edit source]

Nelsons was born in Riga, Latvia. His parents were both musicians. His mother started the first early music group in Latvia. His father plays the cello and conducts choirs.

Nelsons learned to play the trumpet. He played the trumpet with the Latvian National Opera. He had always wanted to be a conductor. The conductor Mariss Jansons taught him to become a good conductor. In 2003 Nelsons became principal conductor of the Latvian National Opera. He stayed with them for five years. In 2006, he became chief conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie of Herford, Germany, for three years.