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Music director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

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

Since 2007, after winning the Latvia Great Music Award, Andris Poga has maintained close ties with the orchestras of his country, as well as the Latvian National Opera.
In 2010, he won the First Prize of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition, which burst him on an international scene. In 2011 he was appointed assistant conductor of Paavo Järvi at the Orchestre de Paris for three years and in 2012 assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, also invited to the Tanglewood Festival. In 2013, Andris Poga was appointed Music director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013, Andris Poga stepped in for Maestro George Prêtre and Mikko Franck at Salle Pleyel with the Orchestre de Paris; in 2014 he replaced Lorin Maazel and Valery Gergiev on the Asian tour with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017, he replaced Japp Van Sweden conducting the Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris.

Andris Poga is invited by the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cecilia, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Toulouse Orchestre du Capitole, French National Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris.

Andris Poga graduated in conducting from the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. He also studied philosophy at the University of Latvia and studied conducting with Uros Lajovic at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. While still a student, he attended master classes with Mariss Jansons, Seiji Ozawa and Leif Segerstam.

Highlights in 2016/2017 include a French tour with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. He conducted, among others, the Orchestre de Paris, Toulouse Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Orchestra, the Sydney Philharmonic and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. In January 2017, he performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra at the Folle Journée de Nantes Festival and closed it with a live TV broadcast on ARTE channel.

In 2017/2018/2019, Andris Poga will conduct the orchestras of the WDR Cologne, Tonhalle Zurich, Oslo Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker… In October 2018, he will tour with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in Germany, France and Switzerland, for the 100th anniversary of the Latvia State.
 

Review:

“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