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Mariss
Jansons

chief conductor 2004-2015

The Concertgebouworkest mourns the death of its beloved conductor emeritus, Mariss Jansons, 1 December 2019. The music world has lost not only a great conductor, but a warm and humble man. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Irina and his family.

Mariss Jansons was chief conductor of the Concertgebouworkest from 2004 to 2015. After his departure, the orchestra named him conductor emeritus.  

Born in Latvia, Jansons studied violin and conducting in St. Petersburg, and continued his studies with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. In 1973, Mariss Jansons was appointed Yevgeny Mravinsky’s assistant with the St. Petersburg orchestra, which Jansons’s father Arvids had also conducted.

From 1979 to 2000, he served as music director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing it great international acclaim. He was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2004 and has been music director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003.

Jansons has made numerous appearances throughout the world as a guest conductor of the Berlin, the Vienna and the London Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the leading orchestras in the United States.

Jansons returned to the Concertgebouworkest in 2016 for Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame at Dutch National Opera, and for Mahler´s Symphony No. 7. In October 2017 he conducted the orchestra in works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Liszt.

Mariss Jansons conducts Strauss' Tod und Verklärung

 

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The Concertgebouworkest mourns the death of its beloved conductor emeritus, Mariss Jansons, 1 December 2019. The music world has lost not only a great conductor, but a warm and humble man. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Irina and his family.

Mariss Jansons was chief conductor of the Concertgebouworkest from 2004 to 2015. After his departure, the orchestra named him conductor emeritus.  

Born in Latvia, Jansons studied violin and conducting in St. Petersburg, and continued his studies with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. In 1973, Mariss Jansons was appointed Yevgeny Mravinsky’s assistant with the St. Petersburg orchestra, which Jansons’s father Arvids had also conducted.

From 1979 to 2000, he served as music director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing it great international acclaim. He was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2004 and has been music director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003.

Jansons has made numerous appearances throughout the world as a guest conductor of the Berlin, the Vienna and the London Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the leading orchestras in the United States.

Jansons returned to the Concertgebouworkest in 2016 for Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame at Dutch National Opera, and for Mahler´s Symphony No. 7. In October 2017 he conducted the orchestra in works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Liszt.

Mariss Jansons conducts Strauss' Tod und Verklärung

 

Read his obituary

To concert videos with Mariss Jansons

2004 - Mariss Jansons arrives with general manager Jan Willem Loot for his  first rehearsal as chief conductor of the  Concertgebouworkest. (photo: Ronald Knapp)
2004 - Mariss Jansons arrives with general manager Jan Willem Loot for his first rehearsal as chief conductor of the Concertgebouworkest. (photo: Ronald Knapp)
2004 - General manager of the Concertgebouworkest Jan Willem Loot welcomes Mariss Jansons as chief conductor (photo: Ronald Knapp)
2004 - General manager of the Concertgebouworkest Jan Willem Loot welcomes Mariss Jansons as chief conductor (photo: Ronald Knapp)
2004 - Mariss Jansons is speeching to the members of the Concertgebouworkest at his first rehearsal as chief conductor (photo: Ronald Knapp)
2004 - Mariss Jansons is speeching to the members of the Concertgebouworkest at his first rehearsal as chief conductor (photo: Ronald Knapp)
Mariss Jansons conducts the Concertgebouworkest (photo: Simon van Boxtel)
Mariss Jansons conducts the Concertgebouworkest (photo: Simon van Boxtel)
2013 - Mariss Jansons and the Concertgebouworkest wachten op het overvliegen van een helicopter tijdens een openluchtconcert are waiting for a helicopter to fly over during an open air concert in São Paulo  (photo: Anne Dokter)
2013 - Mariss Jansons and the Concertgebouworkest wachten op het overvliegen van een helicopter tijdens een openluchtconcert are waiting for a helicopter to fly over during an open air concert in São Paulo (photo: Anne Dokter)
2013 - Mariss Jansons with Lisa Batiashvili backstage in Sala Mare e Palatului, Boekarest. (photo: Anne Dokter)
2013 - Mariss Jansons with Lisa Batiashvili backstage in Sala Mare e Palatului, Boekarest. (photo: Anne Dokter)
2013 - Mariss and Irina Jansons backstage during the world tour (photo: Anne Dokter)
2013 - Mariss and Irina Jansons backstage during the world tour (photo: Anne Dokter)
2013- Mariss Jansons is named as a member of the Order of Order of the Netherlands Lion (photo: Anne Dokter)
2013- Mariss Jansons is named as a member of the Order of Order of the Netherlands Lion (photo: Anne Dokter)
2013 - Mariss Jansons during a rehearsal with the Concertgebouworkest (photo: Renske Vrolijk)
2013 - Mariss Jansons during a rehearsal with the Concertgebouworkest (photo: Renske Vrolijk)
2014- after the rehearsal of Anton Bruckner's Ninth symphony, Mariss Jansons consults with cellist Arthur Oomen. (photo: Renske Vrolijk)
2014- after the rehearsal of Anton Bruckner's Ninth symphony, Mariss Jansons consults with cellist Arthur Oomen. (photo: Renske Vrolijk)
2015 - Mariss Jansons is about to be interviewed by television host Paul Witteman (photo: Renske Vrolijk)
2015 - Mariss Jansons is about to be interviewed by television host Paul Witteman (photo: Renske Vrolijk)
2015 - unveiling portrait of Mariss Jansons on the occasion of his departure as chief conductor of the Concertgebouworkest (photo: Anne Dokter)
2015 - unveiling portrait of Mariss Jansons on the occasion of his departure as chief conductor of the Concertgebouworkest (photo: Anne Dokter)