22 Apr 2014

Mariss Jansons bids farewell

Today managing director Jan Raes and chief conductor Mariss Jansons informed the musicians and staff members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra that Maestro Jansons will resign his position after the 2014/2015 season.

Mariss Jansons

The management of the orchestra is in discussion with Maestro Jansons regarding both the exact date of his last concert as chief conductor and his concerts in later seasons. The orchestra, the management and the chief conductor want to make a point of stating that they are parting on excellent terms and with deep mutual respect.

Mariss Jansons has always been able to inspire the orchestra and lead it in great performances. Due to his knowledge, commitment and involvement, he is much loved by both the musicians and our audiences.

Mariss Jansons made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1988; in 2004 he became the sixth chief conductor in the orchestra's history. The orchestra can look back on an especially successful period under Maestro Jansons' leadership. In 2008 the orchestra was voted "the world's greatest orchestra" by an international panel of music critics, a  judgment that was confirmed several times by the international press during the recently concluded world tour.

CDs and DVDs by Maestro Jansons with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on its own label , RCO Live, have received countless international prizes. In 2011 Mariss Jansons received the title "Conductor of the Year" from the German magazine Opernwelt for the opera production ofEugene Onegin.

During the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's jubilee year 2013, Mariss Jansons conducted many programs. These included the Jubilee Concert, the Anniversary Concert and the majority of the concerts on the world tour, including the orchestra's first appearances in Russia since 1974 and the first appearances in Australia.

In November 2013, on the 25th anniversary of his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons was decorated as a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.