Andris Nelsons

Latvian Conductor Andris Nelsons suffered a severe concussion in a household accident in Bayreuth. Subsequently he had to cancel a concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Tanglewood, where he was scheduled to conduct Verdi’s Requiem next Saturday.

The accident took place over the weekend at Nelsons’ residence in Bayreuth, where he had been conducting at the Wagner festival. Nelsons was struck in the head by a door that unexpectedly swung open. He is being treated at a hospital. BSO Manager Volpe said: « His doctors report that he is expected to make a full recovery but, as always with concussions, Mr. Nelsons has been strongly advised to take time out of his work schedule and not travel by plane at all at this time. »

Nelsons also issued a statement expressing « a great sense of sadness at not being able to come to Tanglewood this week to conduct the Verdi Requiem and to spend time amongst our great musical family, including Tanglewood’s wonderfully supportive audience. I will miss you all and am very sorry indeed that this very unfortunate accident prevents me from being there. I am grateful to be receiving the best possible medical attention and am currently resting well. I promise I will recover as soon as possible and very much look forward to coming back in good shape for my performances with the orchestra in October in Boston. »

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