Andris Poga


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 toured in Germany, France and Switzerland with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. In November 2018, he conducted the Hong-Kong Symphony and Evgeny Kissin, in Hong Kong. Future tours with Evgeny Kissin alongside the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France are planned in July 2019.

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.

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.
Didier van Moere – Concertonet
A few bars were enough: we knew we were dealing with an exceptional conductor. (…) Andris Poga has a complete mastery of large scale effects, he knows how to produce finely chiselled detail and uses a broad dynamic spectrum
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