Mariss Jansons was born in 1943 in Riga and is the son of conductor Arvids Jansons. He studied violin, piano, and conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory, completing his training as a student of Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and of Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. In 1971 he was among the winners of the Karajan Competition in Berlin and began his close partnership with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. From 1979 to 2000 Jansons served as Music Director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Under his tenure, the orchestra earned international acclaim and performed at the leading concert halls around the world. From 1997 to 2004 he was Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Since 2003 he has led the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, where his contract has been extended to 2018. In 2004 he additionally took on the leadership of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which he continues to head until the summer of 2015. Jansons has guest conducted the finest orchestras in the United States and Europe, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; in 2006 and 2012 he led the latter’s New Year’s concerts and will do so again in 2016. His discography comprises many prize-winning recordings, including his Grammy-winning account of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13. Mariss Jansons is an honorary member of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna and of the Royal Academy of Music in London; the Berlin Philharmonic has honored him with the Bülow Medal, the City of Vienna with the Golden Medal of Honor, the State of Austria with the Honorary Cross for Science and Art, and the Federal Republic of Germany with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit. In 2013 Jansons, who is also a member of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art and a knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 20 April 1992 with the London Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Weber and Strauss as well as Mahler’s First Symphony.