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.