Andris Poga has been the Music Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) since the 2013/14 season. He will commence his tenure as the Chief Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO) starting the 2021/22 season, serving as the Chief Conductor designate during the 2020/21 season.
Highlights of recent years have included concerts and tours with the leading orchestras of Germany, France, Italy, Japan and other countries. After the first successful collaborations he has been invited back to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg, WDR Symphony Cologne, Munich Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has also conducted the Wiener Symphoniker, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National de France, Royal Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony among many others.
The season of 2020/21 includes the regular subscription series both with the LNSO and SSO and returns to the Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Cologne, SWR Symphony Stuttgart, Hamburg Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
In 2010, Andris Poga won the First Prize of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition, which thrust him into the international scene. He became an assistant to Paavo Järvi at the Orchestre de Paris, working with him from 2011 to 2014, and from 2012 to 2014 he served as an assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Andris has graduated the conducting department of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. He also studied philosophy at the University of Latvia and conducting at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.