Andris Poga Becomes Assistant Conductor of Boston Symphony Orchestra
Latvian conductor Andris Poga won a closed competition for the post of Assistant Conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Competing with three more contestants, Poga received the highest number of votes from the orchestra musicians. For the next two years the conductor will closely work with the orchestra and will also have an opportunity to take the helm for concert series in Boston and the well-known summer festival in Tanglewood.
According to the organizers of the competition, the Latvian conductor was noticed by the orchestra manager during the 2nd Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition where Poga received the 1st prize.
Since 2011 Poga has been working as Assistant to Paavo Järvi, Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris.
In his early thirties, the Latvian conductor has given successful performances with many orchestras in France, with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Israel Symphony Orchestra.
This season he will also make his Japan debut with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo-based New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Andris Poga graduated from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in 2004 with a degree in trumpet performance and concert band conducting; in 2007, Poga graduated from Professor Viesturs Gailis’s Class of Symphony Orchestra Conducting.
In 2004 and 2005 he perfected his skills of symphony orchestra conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music with Professor Uroš Lajovic, additionally attending conducting master classes taught by Mariss Jansons, Seiji Ozawa, and Leif Segerstam.
Between 2007 and 2010, Andris Poga held the posts of artistic director and principal conductor of the Rīga concert band.
In 2010 he won the 2nd Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition.