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New Year's Concert 2020 with Andris Nelsons

The 2020 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert took place on January 1, 2020, under the baton of Andris Nelsons in the Musikverein in Vienna. Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Since 2010, Andris Nelsons has been a musical partner of the Vienna Philharmonic. The New Year's Concert 2020 represented Nelsons' first time to conduct this prestigious international concert event.

The 2020 New Year's Concert was broadcast in over 90 countries and followed by as many as 40 million television viewers around the world. 

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New Year's Concert 2020 with Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons conducted the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert for the first time.

Andris Nelsons

Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2015, Principal Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany 2006-2009 and Music Director of the Latvian National Opera 2003-2007.



Boston Symphony Orchestra / Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Andris Nelsons began his tenure as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the 2014/15 season. This season, the BSO and Nelsons embark on a major tour throughout Asia, giving their first concerts together in Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Since his appointment as Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig in February 2018, Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester have completed a number of successful tours, including their first Asia tour together in May/June 2019, performing in Japan and China.

Vienna Philharmonic

Over the past several years, Andris Nelsons also conducted the Vienna Philharmonic in Subscription Concerts in Vienna as well as on tour in Europe, North America and Asia. During the 2019/20 season, Nelsons continues his regular collaborations with the Vienna Philharmonic, with whom he conducts the prestigious New Year’s Day concert in 2020, broadcast to millions across the world. Furthermore, in celebration of the composer’s 250th anniversary, the Vienna Philharmonic and Nelsons present a cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies at the Musikverein and on tour at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.


Andris Nelsons has an exclusive recording relationship with Deutsche Grammophon, which has paved the way for three landmark projects. Nelsons and the BSO partner on recording the complete Shostakovich symphonies and the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District. The fourth and most recent instalment was released in February 2019. Each of the first three releases of the cycle have received Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral Performance, the third additionally winning in the Best Engineered Album, Classical category. Nelsons and the yellow label also have embarked upon a critically acclaimed project with the Gewandhausorchester that sheds new light on the symphonies of Bruckner, and pairs these distinctive symphonic pieces with works by Wagner. The most recent instalment was released in May 2019. Finally, Nelsons’ recordings of Beethoven’s complete symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic will be released in October 2019.

Floral Decorations by Vienna Parks and Gardens

When Andris Nelsons raises his baton for the New Year's Concert on January 1, 2020, it will mark the first time that he has conducted this prestigious concert. The partnership between the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna City Gardens for the floral arrangements throughout the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, has been in place since 2015.

Once again this year, to the delight of concertgoers and viewers of the television broadcast around the world, the Vienna City Gardens, along with the Austrian gardeners and florists, will produce the arrangements which light up the Golden Hall in a resplendent sea of blossoming floral color.

Tickets for the New Year's Concerts

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Due to extremely high demand, tickets for the three traditional end of year concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic are drawn by lot over this website at the beginning of each year. In this way, music lovers from all over the world have an equal chance to purchase these highly desired tickets. Between February 1 and 29, 2020, applications will be accepted to take part in the drawing for tickets to the end of year concerts 2020/21.

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Wed, 01. January 2020

11:15 h

Vienna, Austria
Musikverein, Golden Hall

New Year's Concert

Conductor Andris Nelsons

Compositions by Carl Michael Ziehrer, Josef Strauss, Johann Strauss Jr., Eduard Strauss, Franz von Suppé, Josef Hellmesberger, Jr., Hans Christian Lumbye, Ludwig van Beethoven


Philharmonic Version of the Radetzky March

Johann Strauss' Radetzky March, op. 228, was first performed in a Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert on January 1, 1946. Josef Krips was the conductor, and according to a memorandum in the Vienna Philharmonic archives, the march was performed before the Blue Danube Waltz as a first encore.

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