Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra

Return to Europe

Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andris Nelsons return to Europe, August 25 - September 8, for the first time since 2018. The nine-city, 12-concert European tour to include return BSO appearances in London, Lucerne, Salzburg, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg and Paris, as well as first-time appearances in Ljubljana and Dortmund.


  • BSO’S 2023 European tour programs to feature violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet 
  •  Recent works by Julia Adolphe, Carlos Simon, and John Williams, as well as music by Gershwin, Prokofiev, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, and Strauss, make up several different programs to be presented

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, will return to Europe for the first time since 2018, with a nine-city, 12-concert tour to major music capitals in England, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, and France.Anne-Sophie Mutter and Jean-Yves Thibaudet—two of the world’s most in-demand artists and frequent BSO collaborators for decades—will join the orchestra for performances throughout the tour. A detailed program listing is available at the end of the release.

For the 2023 BSO European tour, Andris Nelsons will lead the orchestra in several different programs, including recent works by Julia Adolphe (Makeshift Castle, world premiere by the BSO at Tanglewood in 2022), Carlos Simon (Four Black American Dances, world premiere by the BSO at Symphony Hall in February 2023), and John Williams (Violin Concerto No. 2, world premiere by the BSO with Anne-Sophie Mutter in the soloist role at Tanglewood in 2021).

Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the BSO’s tour for performances of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5, Egyptian. Anne-Sophie Mutter reprises her world premiere performance of John Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2. Andris Nelsons and the BSO will also perform works that are emblematic of the deep relationship they have developed since Mr. Nelsons became BSO music director in 2014. These include Ravel’s La Valse, Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka. The BSO and Mr. Nelsons are also pleased to perform Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, as part of an exploration of the composer’s works for orchestra to take place over the next few years.

Statement from Andris Nelsons, Ray and Maria Stata BSO Music Director

“The musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and I are thrilled to be making a long-awaited return to Europe—performing again for the wonderful audiences of London, Lucerne, Salzburg, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, and Paris and anticipating our first performances together in Dortmund and Ljubljana. We hope our tour programs reflect our continuing commitment to delve deeper into new and core repertory works and bring our audiences performances that spotlight the truly amazing gifts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is quite special that several of the BSO’s close collaborators—Julia Adolphe, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Carlos Simon, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and our very own John Williams—are represented as performers and composers in our tour programs. Moving forward with the worldwide music community—committed to the incomparable experience of live performances—we look forward to sharing our passion for music-making with our audiences throughout Europe.”


BSO Tours with Andris Nelsons

The upcoming European tour will be the 30th international tour in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 142-year history; it will be Mr. Nelsons’ sixth international tour with the BSO. The 2023 European tour performances in Dortmund, Germany, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, will mark the first BSO appearances in these cities. Click here for a detailed BSO touring history. Mr. Nelsons is currently in his ninth season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Click here for a press kit with photos, video, and artist bios

Tour dates: 

August 25/26: London, Royal Albert Hall
August 28/29: Lucerne, Kultur- & Kongresszentrum
August 31:Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus
September 1: Ljubljana, Cankarjev Dom Culture and Congress Centre
September 3: Köln, Philharmonie
September 4: Dortmund, Konzerthaus
September 5: Berlin, Philharmonie
September 6/7: Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
September 8: Paris, Philharmonie
This engagement is supported in part by Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International, a program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Fotos: Marco Borggreve, Hilary Scott

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