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Oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk attended the Gnessin Music School in Moscow and made solo appearances in Russia, Europe and Japan at the age of thirteen. In 1995, he was admitted to the Paris conservatory, where he was awarded premiers prix for oboe and chamber music.
In 1999, he was appointed first oboist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and took on the post of principal oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in August 2005. As a soloist, Ogrintchouk has worked with the orchestras of the Mariinsky and the Bolshoy Theatres, the National Orchestra of Russia, the orchestras of the BBC (where he was named New Generation Artist in 2005), the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such greats as Gidon Kremer, Leif Ove Andsnes, Radu Lupu and Thomas Quasthoff.
Before studying conducting, Andris Nelsons embarked on a musical career as a trumpet player with the orchestra of the Latvian National Opera. He has also won various prizes as a singer. In 2001, he moved to St Petersburg to study conducting with Alexander Titov. He studied privately with Mariss Jansons starting a year later.
Andris Nelsons is music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2014. In addition, he will be Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with effect from the 2017/18 season. Earlier, he served as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2008-2015), the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (2006-2009) and the Latvian National Opera in his native city of Riga (2003-2007).
The Latvian conductor also works regularly with the Berlin and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich and the New York Philharmonic. He has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London; the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and the Vienna State Opera. He has also made various guest appearances at the Bayreuth Festival.