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New music director for Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons will be the new music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra announced Thursday. The appointment of Nelsons, at 34, follows the trend of many U.S. orchestras in hiring relative youngsters. He will be music director-designate in the coming (2013-14) season, and succeeds James Levine, who was music director from 2004 to 2011. Latvian-born, Nelsons has been music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2008. His rapport with the BSO is not long-established; he first led the group in 2011.

New music director for Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons will be the new music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra announced Thursday. The appointment of Nelsons, at 34, follows the trend of many U.S. orchestras in hiring relative youngsters. He will be music director-designate in the coming (2013-14) season, and succeeds James Levine, who was music director from 2004 to 2011. Latvian-born, Nelsons has been music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2008. His rapport with the BSO is not long-established; he first led the group in 2011.

Nelsons will take on the title music director in the 2014-15 season for an initial five year commitment, leading 8-10 weeks of programs during the 2014-15 season in Symphony Hall; he will lead 12 weeks of programs each subsequent year of the five-year contract, a spokeswoman said.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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