Remember the name of Andris Poga. He will continue to impress us. (Diapason magazine)
Andris Poga won the audience’s heart as he conducted the Orchestre de Paris. (Resmusica)
Andris Poga graduated in conducting from the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. He also studied philosophy at the University of Latvia and from 2004 to 2005 was taught conducting by Uros Lajovic at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. While still a student, he took part in the master classes of conductors including Mariss Jansons, Seiji Ozawa and Leif Segerstam.
Since 2007, when he received the Latvia Great Music Award, Andris Poga maintains close relationships with the orchestras of his country: Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Opera and Riga Professional Symphonic Band which appointed him music director and chief conductor from 2007 to 2010.
In May 2010, he is also awarded with the First Prize of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Montpellier. After this success, Andris Poga is appointed in 2011 assistant conductor of Paavo Järvi at the Orchestre de Paris for three years and, in 2012, assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO concert series and the prestigious Tanglewood Festival).
After the first successful collaborations, Andris Poga conducted many prestigious orchestras such as Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic.
Among his upcoming projects are: an Asian tour with the prestigious Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts with Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Festival de piano de La Roque d’Anthéron), Russian State Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Kansai and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestras, Estonian National Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
Since the 1st November 2013, Andris Poga has been appointed Musical Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra for 3 years.