Latvian-Russian conductor Mariss Jansons has passed away at his home in St Petersburg, Russia from a longstanding heart condition – aged 76.
A protege of Hans Swarowsky and Herbert von Karajan, throughout his 5 decade international conducting career Maestro Jansons served as Music Director of the Oslo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – and as Principal Guest Conductor with the London Philharmonic.
In both 2006 and 2012, he conducted the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert – broadcast live around the world.
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“We mourn the death of our beloved conductor emeritus, Mariss Jansons … the music world has lost not only a great conductor but also a warm and humble man,” the Concertgebouw Orchestra has today said.
“Maestro Mariss Jansons has died last night in Saint Petersburg … he was one of the greatest musicians of our time and I had the honor to make music with him several times … this is a great loss for all of us,“ violinist Leonidas Kavakos has today said via social media.
“So sad to hear of the death of Mariss Jansons … truly a musician who served the music, and inspired others to do the same … he will be much missed – a force for good,” cellist Steven Isserlis has today said.
“Thank you, Mariss Jansons, for inspiring so many musicians around the world … My heart is with his family, loved ones, and to his dear Bavarian Radio Symphony musicians and team,” conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has today said.
Our condolences are with Maestro Jansons’ family, friends and colleagues.