In 1863 the opera house in Riga was opened and around 130 years later a talented trumpeter named Andris Nelsons joined the opera orchestra. At the time nobody could have suspected what a defining influence it would have on one of today's most distinguished conductors. Nelsons' stellar career has taken him from music director of Riga opera house to roles including music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. At the start of 2018 he began his work as the 21st Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Performing symphonies by Beethoven and Bruckner with what must be the most traditional of German orchestras and with the Vienna Philharmonic, Andris Nelsons is the Kölner Philharmonie's guest for two concerts.