The Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons was born in Riga on January 14, 1943. In January 2018 he will be 75 years old.
Jansons studied violin, piano and conducting at the conservatory in Leningrad and went to Austria in 1969, where he continued his education among others under Herbert von Karajan. In 1973 he became assistant conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic. From 1979 to 2000 he was director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997 he was appointed chief conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Since autumn 2003 he has been chief conductor of the choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, since September 2004 also chief conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.
The milestones in cooperation with the orchestra of the Bavarian Radio include the performances of the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, Brahms and Dvorak; of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. In autumn 2012, Jansons led the choir and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, performing all nine Beethoven symphonies.
2006, 2012 and 2016 Mariss Jansons conducted the Vienna New Year’s Concert, which took place on 1 January 2018 the 78th time. In a close match with the stamp, the video shows an excerpt from the New Year’s Concert of 2006.