Andris Nelsons – Genius on Fire

Andris Nelsons is either silently anchored to his chair, deeply reflective and monosyllabic - or, he's flowing; pouring every ounce of energy into his surroundings. It is either/or and there is nothing in-between. There is no 'normal', and whatever normal may mean, it doesn't happen in his life. In fact, it never did. From earliest childhood Nelsons was exceptional - is exceptional. An exceptionally talented musician who now, at the tender age of 34 lives an extremely unusual life conducting the world's greatest orchestras. As the trumpet player Hokan Hardenberger aptly describes him: "He's got a lot of energy. Really each and every single note in the score becomes music. He gives everything meaning. He doesn't cut any corners, not in the rehearsals either. He's always intensely present and I think that's great." Director Astrid Bscher has accompanied the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons for 2 years. Travelling to Riga, Vienna, Zurich and Munich, she ultimately emerged with a 52 minute long documentary in German, French and English.

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