The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) is one of the valuable assets of the classical music scene in Latvia. It is a team of highly professional musicians with strong traditions, generous sound and devoted performance. The LNSO mainly focuses on 19th- and 20th-century orchestral masterpieces, classical and contemporary works by Latvian composers and occasionally concert performances of operas or musicals. The orchestra pays great attention to educational children and youth programmes. For several years, it has successfully performed a series of chamber music programmes, and since 2015 it celebrates the end of the summer with the new festival LNSO Summer House.
Since November 2013, the music director of the LNSO is Andris Poga.
The orchestra’s former music directors includes such names as Vassily Sinaisky, Olari Elts and Karel Mark Chichon. Guest conductors have included world-renowned Latvians Arvīds Jansons, Mariss Jansons and Andris Nelsons as well as Kurt Masur, Kirill Kondrashin, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, a.o.
The scope of LNSO’s concert tours is wide – the orchestra has performed in Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory and many European countries, where the most important performances have taken place at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Berlin State Opera and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. In recent years, the LNSO has given performances also at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris among other places.
In 2017, the LNSO with Andris Poga had two tours in France. In winter the LNSO performed at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence and Arsenal in Metz as well as in prestigious festival La Folle Journée in Nantes. In August the LNSO and Andris Poga received standing ovations at the Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron.