According to the BSO press office, conductor Andris Nelsons is cancelling his forthcoming appearances on January 5, 6, and 7, in order to be with his wife in preparation for the imminent arrival of their first-born child. BSO Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger has agreed to substitute with the proviso that Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 replace the previously scheduled Symphony No. 90. The balance of the program is unchanged: Turnage’s From the Wreckage, for trumpet and orchestra (American premiere) with Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet, and after intermission, Strauss’s Thus spake Zarathustra
Nelsons still intends to appear at Tanglewood this summer where he plans to lead both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in concerts July 14th through the 16th.
Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger was appointed assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by James Levine, Mr. Lehninger made his BSO debut in 2010 with violinist Pinchas Zukerman as soloist and in 2011 stepped in for Maestro Levine at short notice to conduct the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s BSO-commissioned Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff. Of his acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut with the BSO the New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini wrote, “He was terrific, conducting all three works with impressive technique, musical insight and youthful energy.” Maestro Lehninger’s next BSO appearances include a subscription night in the 2011-12 season with pianist Peter Serkin, his debut at Tanglewood in 2012 and a subscription week in the 2012-13 season.
Before dedicating his career to conducting, Mr. Lehninger studied violin and piano. He holds a master’s degree from the Conductors Institute at New York’s Bard College, where he studied conducting under Harold Farberman and composition with Laurence Wallach. In Brazil he studied with Roberto Tibiriçá, and he has also participated in master classes with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Moche Atzmon, and Andreás Weiss.
A citizen of Brazil and Germany, Marcelo Lehninger is the son of pianist Sônia Goulart and violinist Erich Lehninger. He lives with his wife Laura and daughter Sofia in Boston, MA.