Andris Nelsons and Gewandhausorchester embark on inauguration tour

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The orchestra performed pieces by Beethoven and Brahms in the Musikverein.

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The inauguration tour kicked off with a concert in Vienna's Musikverein on April 22.

Key Takeaways

  • Andris Nelsons has been inaugurated as the 21st Gewandhauskapellmeister.
  • Inauguration tour leads through Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Spain.

After taking over the reins at the world-famous Gewandhausorchester in February, acclaimed conductor Andris Nelsons is leading the orchestra on his inauguration tour through Europe – delivered by DHL.

898 days of waiting and finally the moment was here: Andris Nelsons became the new chief conductor of the Gewandhausorchester on February 22. “I’m so excited to finally start the wonderful journey with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig as its 21st Gewandhauskapellmeister,” said Andris Nelsons who was appointed to his new role already in 2015.

In order to celebrate the new era, Nelsons leads the Gewandhausorchester on his inauguration tour through Europe. The tour was kicked off with Nelson’s first concert in Vienna’s Musikverein on April 22. Until May 6, the orchestra will perform in renowned concerts halls such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden and the Philharmonie de Paris. The Gewandhausorchester, which is one of the world’s largest and most revered travelling orchestras, will perform pieces by Mozart, Tschaikowski, Beethoven and Brahms.

As Official Logistics Partner of the Gewandhausorchester, DHL is proud to accompany Andris Nelsons and the ensemble on the inauguration tour. Ahead of each concert, DHL will transport six tons of freight including everything from the unique and irreplaceable instruments, to music stands and the musicians’ wardrobe. DHL uses temperature-controlled transport solutions to ensure a safe and timely delivery, enabling the tour to run smoothly.

“I’m so excited to finally start the wonderful journey with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig as its 21st Gewandhauskapellmeister."

Andris Nelsons

Since his first performance in Leipzig in 2011, Nelsons has felt an exceptional bond with the musicians and audience in the Eastern German city. "There's a special musical and human connection with the orchestra", said Nelsons in an interview with InMotion. "It's a family-like feeling with the audience and the whole institution."

The new Gewandhauskapellmeister is considered to be one of the most innovative conductors in the world. He is also Chief Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and will move back and forth between Boston and Leipzig. Nelsons’ next tours with the Gewandhausorchester will lead through Europe in October and January, and to Asia in May 2019. DHL is excited to accompany Nelsons and the Leipzig-based orchestra on their new joint journey.

Stay tuned on InMotion for updates on the unique partnership between DHL and the Gewandhausorchester!


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