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Andris POGA CONDUCTOR

BIOGRAPHY

In awarding the first Prize to the Latvian Andris Poga, the Jury of the Svetlanov Competition chaired by Vladimir Ashkenazy recognised pure musical qualities devoid of showmanship, and a sensitive, thoughtful approach to music. Is "flashiness" in music over at last? Natalie Krafft / Rue 89 / 2010

Andris Poga, a thirty-year old Latvian, the splendid winner of this musical contest, has divine inspiration. His broad movements seem to capture space sourrounded by his aura. His performance of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony at the Gala concert is reminiscent in its breadth and generosity of the great Russian conductors of the century: Mravinsky, Temirkanov, Gergiev and maestro Svetlanov. A huge talent unanimously acknowledged » Praskova Praskovaa / Les Trois Coups / 2010

Andris POGA graduated in conducting from the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. He also studied philosophy at the University of Latvia and from 2004 to 2005 was taught conducting by Uros Lajovic at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. While still a student, he took part in the master classes of conductors including Mariss Jansons, Seiji Ozawa and Leif Segerstam.

Since 2007, he has been a regular conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in performances of Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler symphonies and works by Weber, Richard Strauss, Hindemith, Messiaen, Alban Berg and others.

In 2007 he was also appointed music director and chief conductor of the Riga Professional Symphonic Band and held this position until 2010. Andris POGA founded the Konsonanse Chamber Orchestra with which he has conducted concert tours in Latvia, Germany, Finland, Spain and elsewhere.

Winner of the Latvia Great Music Award in 2007, he is also awarded with the First Prize of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Montpellier 2010. Since then, he conducted many orchestras such as : Orchestre de Paris, New Japan Philharmonic, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Opera, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Sendai Philharmonic, Orchestre de Rouen, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra,Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg...

The future plans include return to the Israel Symphony Orchestra, concerts with Orchestre de Paris and Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, as well as Russian National Orchestra, St Petersbourg Symphony Orchesta. Andris Poga will be the assistant of Maestro Pierre Boulez during his concerts in the Pyramide of the Louvre with the Orchestre de Paris.

Since 2011 Andris Poga is the assistant conductor of Paavo Järvi at the Orchestre de Paris and has just been nominated assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, starting 2012/2013 season. He will work and conduct the BSO at his own concert series in Boston as well as in the prestigious Tanglewood Festival.