Mariss Jansons
Conductor

Mariss Jansons ranks among the outstanding podium personalities of our time. His orchestral work is recognized not only because of his lively touring activities but also because of television and radio broadcasts world-wide, also documented by a sizable number of recordings.

Born in 1943 in the Latvian capital of Riga as the son of conductor Arvid Jansons, he graduated with honors from the Leningrad Conservatory Studies in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky and in Salzburg with Herbert von Karajan followed. In 1971, Mariss Jansons emerged as a prize winner from the conducting competition of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation in Berlin. He was decisively influenced by the legendary Russian conductor Evgeny Mravinsky, who brought Mariss Jansons to the Leningrad Philharmonic, today’s St. Petersburg Philharmonic, as his assistant. Until 1999 Mariss Jansons was closely associated with this orchestra as regular conductor and led the orchestra during this period on tours world-wide. From 1979 to 2000 Mariss Jansons set standards as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, which he shaped into a top international orchestra. Besides this he was Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1992 1997) and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1997 2004). Since 2003, Mariss Jansons serves as the Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester and Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, parallel to which, in the autumn of 2004, he assumed the post of Chief Conductor of the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest.

Mariss Jansons and the orchestra have made regular guest appearances in the most important musical capitals and music festivals of the world. In the autumn of 2005 Jansons and the orchestra undertook their first joint Japan-China tour and were singled out by the Japanese press for the “Best Concerts of the Season”. In 2006 and 2009, Mariss Jansons gave several triumphantly successful concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and in 2007, along with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, they gave a concert in the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI. The Symphonieorchester under Mariss Jansons’s direction is annually invited to serve as the orchestra in residence at the Easter Festival in Lucerne.

A number of CD and DVD recordings thus far made by Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester and Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks document his wide-ranging repertoire. In 2005, for example, he concluded his complete recording of the Shostakovich symphonies for EMI Classics, in which several different top orchestras were involved, and which was rounded off by the Symphonieorchester des BR. In February of 2005 the recording of the Symphony No. 13 was awarded a Grammy for the best orchestral presentation. The box with all the symphonies, released in the summer of 2006 also won a number of international prizes.

ECHO-Klassik named Mariss Jansons “Conductor of the Year” in 2007, and he was honored in 2008 for his recording of Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and A csodálatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), which ranked in the category “Best Symphonic Recording of the Year”. For the Seventh Symphony by Anton Bruckner, the Symphonieorchester under Jansons’s direction was named ECHO Klassik’s “Orchestra recording of the Year” in 2010.

Mariss Jansons places considerable significance on his work with young musicians. He has conducted the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra on its Europe wide tour and worked with the Attersee Institute Orchestra, with which he appeared at the Salzburg Festival. In Munich he gives regular concerts with various Bavarian youth orchestras and the Academy of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Mariss Jansons has been awarded a number of international prizes and accolades. He is an honorary member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna and the Royal Academy in London

For his work with the Oslo Philharmonic he received “Den Kongelig Norske Fortjenstorden 1994” (“The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit”). In 2003, Mariss Jansons received the Hans von Bülow Medal from the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2004 he was honored by London’s Royal Philharmonic Society as “Conductor of the Year”, in 2006 he was declared “Artist of the Year” at MIDEM, the International Music Trade Fair in Cannes, and the conductor was awarded the “3 Stars” medal, the highest honor presented by the Republic of Latvia. In 2008, he received the Austrian Cross of Honor for Scholarship and Art, and in 2010 he received the Bavarian Order of Maximilian.

Mariss Jansons ranks among the outstanding podium personalities of our time. His orchestral work is recognized not only because of his lively touring activities but also because of television and radio broadcasts world-wide, also documented by a sizable number of recordings. Born in 1943 in the Latvian capital of Riga as the son of conductor Arvid Jansons, he graduated with honors from the Leningrad Conservatory Studies in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky and in Salzburg with Herbert von Karajan followed. In 1971, Mariss Jansons emerged as a prize winner from the conducting competition of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation in Berlin. He was decisively influenced by the legendary Russian conductor Evgeny Mravinsky, who brought Mariss Jansons to the Leningrad Philharmonic, today’s St. Petersburg Philharmonic, as his assistant. Until 1999 Mariss Jansons was closely associated with this orchestra as regular conductor and led the orchestra during this period on tours world-wide. From 1979 to 2000 Mariss Jansons set standards as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, which he shaped into a top international orchestra. Besides this he was Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1992 1997) and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1997 2004). Since 2003, Mariss Jansons serves as the Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester and Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, parallel to which, in the autumn of 2004, he assumed the post of Chief Conductor of the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest.Mariss Jansons and the orchestra have made regular guest appearances in the most important musical capitals and music festivals of the world. In the autumn of 2005 Jansons and the orchestra undertook their first joint Japan-China tour and were singled out by the Japanese press for the “Best Concerts of the Season”. In 2006 and 2009, Mariss Jansons gave several triumphantly successful concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and in 2007, along with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, they gave a concert in the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI. The Symphonieorchester under Mariss Jansons’s direction is annually invited to serve as the orchestra in residence at the Easter Festival in Lucerne.A number of CD and DVD recordings thus far made by Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester and Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks document his wide-ranging repertoire. In 2005, for example, he concluded his complete recording of the Shostakovich symphonies for EMI Classics, in which several different top orchestras were involved, and which was rounded off by the Symphonieorchester des BR. In February of 2005 the recording of the Symphony No. 13 was awarded a Grammy for the best orchestral presentation. The box with all the symphonies, released in the summer of 2006 also won a number of international prizes. ECHO-Klassik named Mariss Jansons “Conductor of the Year” in 2007, and he was honored in 2008 for his recording of Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and A csodálatos mandarin (The Miraculous Mandarin), which ranked in the category “Best Symphonic Recording of the Year”. For the Seventh Symphony by Anton Bruckner, the Symphonieorchester under Jansons’s direction was named ECHO Klassik’s “Orchestra recording of the Year” in 2010.Mariss Jansons places considerable significance on his work with young musicians. He has conducted the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra on its Europe wide tour and worked with the Attersee Institute Orchestra, with which he appeared at the Salzburg Festival. In Munich he gives regular concerts with various Bavarian youth orchestras and the Academy of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.Mariss Jansons has been awarded a number of international prizes and accolades. He is an honorary member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna and the Royal Academy in LondonFor his work with the Oslo Philharmonic he received “Den Kongelig Norske Fortjenstorden 1994” (“The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit”). In 2003, Mariss Jansons received the Hans von Bülow Medal from the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2004 he was honored by London’s Royal Philharmonic Society as “Conductor of the Year”, in 2006 he was declared “Artist of the Year” at MIDEM, the International Music Trade Fair in Cannes, and the conductor was awarded the “3 Stars” medal, the highest honor presented by the Republic of Latvia. In 2008, he received the Austrian Cross of Honor for Scholarship and Art, and in 2010 he received the Bavarian Order of Maximilian.