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 ... read full bio