Andris Poga

Biography

Andris Poga is the Chief Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra since 2021/22 season. He was the Music Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) from 2013 till 2021 and will continue to collaborate with the LNSO as its Artistic Advisor.

Highlights of recent years have included concerts with the leading orchestras of Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Scandinavia. After the first successful collaborations he has been invited back to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, SWR Symphony Stuttgart, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and many others. He has also conducted the Wiener Symphoniker, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National de France, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony.

The season of 2021/22 includes the regular subscription series with both the SSO and LNSO and returns to the Oslo Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Cologne, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, RAI Torino, Aarhus Symphony, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic as well as debuts with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bergen Philharmonic and other or-chestras in Germany and Scandinavian countries.

In 2010, Andris Poga was the First Prize winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition, which thrust him into the international scene. He was an assistant to Paavo Järvi at the Orchestre de Paris from 2011 to 2014, and from 2012 to 2014 he served 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 at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.

Calendar
Repertoire
Review
Stavanger Aftenblad
Sat, 2020-10-31
Rémy Louis – Diapason magazine
Remember the name of Andris Poga. He will continue to impress us.
Dorine Bernard – Resmusica
Andris Poga won the audience’s heart as he conducted the Orchestre de Paris.
Christian Merlin – Le Figaro, on Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony
Andris Poga displayed a natural, overwhelming presence and immediately took control of the orchestra through his outstanding technical skill and sheer strength. (…) He singlehandedly held aloft this meandering work full of snares and applied inexhaustible energy.
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Stavanger Aftenblad
Sat, 2020-10-31
En usedvanlig sympatisk personlighet, gode evner til kommunikasjon og oppmuntring, skarpe ører og omfattende kunnskaper er noen av kvalifikasjonene Poga medbringer. Jeg tror han kan ta et orkester som allerede lenge har vært i rivende utvikling, i nye og spennende retninger, også repertoarmessig. Kontrastene var store i kveld – i stilepoker, og med nærmest kammermusikalsk besetning før pause og den feiteste orkesterlyden vi har hørt siden korona etterpå.
Stavanger konserthus torsdag kveld: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symfoni nr. 3 ”Eroica”. Dirigent: Andris Poga. Konsertmester: Francesco Ugolini. Stavanger Symfoniorkester.
Aftenbladet
Fri, 2020-11-27
"...Han skapte et sjeldent tenke-, bevegelses- og pusterom i denne symfonien, gjorde det mulig å høre ellers uhørte detaljer, etter så mange heseblesende gjennomkjøringer av partituret som vi er blitt vant til. Jeg har iallfall aldri hørt hornene så overlegent presise noen gang live, for eksempel. Pogas tolkning er den jeg liker best, det jeg vil kalle en syntese av ulike spillepraksiser. Smak og behag, men et så skjellsettende verk kan uansett knapt høres for ofte."
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