Andris Poga, conductors
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Andris Poga



Music director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

“Remember the name of Andris Poga. He will continue to impress us.” - Diapason Magazine

Andris Poga has been the music director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) since the season of 2013–2014.

Highlights of recent seasons have included concerts with the leading orchestras of Germany, France, Italy, Japan and other countries. After the first successful collaborations he has been invited back to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg, WDR Symphony Cologne,  Munich Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphony-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic,  Gewandhausorchester  Leipzig. He has also conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony,  SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart,  Danish National Symphony Orchestra,  Saint Petersburg Philharmonic,  Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich,  Orchestre National de France and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra among many others.

The season of 2017-2018 marks his debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic,  Vienna Symphony,  Shanghai Symphony, RAI Torino and returns to the NHK Symphony in Tokyo,  Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse,  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig .... 

In October 2018, for the 100th anniversary of Latvia he will tour Germany, France and Switzerland with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.

In 2010, Andris Poga won the First Prize of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition, which thrust him into the international scene. He became an assistant to Paavo Järvi at the Orchestre de Paris, working with him from 2011 to 2014, and from 2012 to 2014 he worked as an assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Andris has graduated the conducting department of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. He also studied philosophy at the University of Latvia and conducting with Uroš Lajovic at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.


“Andris Poga displayed a natural, overwhelming presence, imposing himself immediately in front of the orchestra, with an outstanding technique and a fantastic arm. (...) He bore with tireless energy the wide ark and complexity of this extraordinarily intricate work.” Christian Merlin – Le Figaro, about Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony

“Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony rang out. Outstandingly conducted by Andris Poga, it became a fiery quest in which terror and exaltation underpinned the relentless march of destiny” – Jean-Felix Marquette