Mariss Jansons is a Latvian conductor, the son of conductor Arvīds Jansons and the singer Iraida Jansons. Iraida Jansons, who was Jewish, gave birth to her son in hiding in Riga, Latvia, after being smuggled out of the Riga Ghetto, where Iraida's father and brother were murdered by the Nazis. As a child, Jansons first studied violin with his father. In 1946, Arvid Jansons won second prize in a national competition and was chosen by Yevgeny Mravinsky to be his assistant at the Leningrad Philharmonic. When his family joined him in 1956, young Jansons entered the Leningrad Conservatory, where he studied piano and conducting, although his father urged him to continue playing violin. In 1969, he continued his training in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky and in Salzburg with Herbert von Karajan. Karajan had invited Jansons to be his assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic, but the Soviet authorities blocked Jansons from ever hearing about the offer.

In 1973, Jansons was appointed Associate Conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (now the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra). In 1979, he was appointed music director of the Oslo Philharmonic. Jansons resigned his Oslo position in 2000 after disputes with the city over the acoustics of the Oslo Concert Hall.

In 1992, Jansons was named principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 1996 in Oslo, Jansons nearly died while conducting the final pages of La bohème, after a heart attack. At the start of the 2003/2004 season, Jansons began his tenure as chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO), for an initial contract of 3 years. In May 2015, the BRSO announced a further extension of Jansons' contract through 2021. In October 2002, Jansons was named the sixth chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) of Amsterdam, effective 1 September 2004. He conducted his final concert as chief conductor of the RCO on March 20, 2015, in the presence of Queen Maxima.

He and his first wife, Ira, had a daughter, Ilona, a pianist who currently works at the Mariinsky Theatre. Jansons and his second wife Irina, a former speech therapist, have a home in Saint Petersburg.

Jansons' recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13 won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance at the 2006 Grammy Awards. On 1 November 2013, Jansons was awarded Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
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Usual Name Mariss Jansons
Alternative Spellings Mariss Ivars Georgs Jansons
On Wikipedia Mariss_Jansons
Ensembles Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2004
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1979 to 2002
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2004 to 2015
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2019
Relationships is the son/daughter of Arvīds Jansons
Links Opus 3 Artists


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