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Andris Nelsons (born 18 November 1978) is a Latvian conductor.

Nelsons was born in Riga. His mother founded the first early music ensemble in Latvia, and his father was a choral conductor, cellist, and teacher. At age five, his mother and stepfather (a choir conductor) took him to a performance of Wagner's Tannhäuser, which Nelsons refers to as a profoundly formative experience: "…it had a hypnotic effect on me. I was overwhelmed by the music. I cried when Tannhäuser died… read more

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