Mariss Jansons

Composers

Biography

Born: January 14, 1943  
Mariss Jansons was one of the finest conductors to emerge from the former Soviet Union in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Jansons was born while Riga was under military occupation by the Germans who seized it in 1941, a year after its forcible annexation by the U.S.S.R. His father was Arvid Jansons (or Yansons) (1914-1984), the leading Latvian conductor to emerge under the Soviet system after the Baltic nation was retaken by the Read more U.S.S.R. in 1945.

Mariss studied violin, piano, and conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory, graduating with honors. In 1969 he began training in Vienna with conductor Hans Swarowski and in Salzburg with Herbert von Karajan. In 1971 he won the International Herbert von Karajan Foundation Competition in Berlin. He began to work with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in 1973 when music director Yevgeny Mravinsky invited him to become associate conductor.

In 1979 he became music director of the Oslo Philharmonic. Under his leadership it came to international attention as one of the finest and most exciting of major world orchestras. In 1985 he was promoted to principal conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic under music director Yuri Temirkanov. Jansons has conducted both great orchestras on several international tours to great acclaim. After the fall of the Soviet State, as Russia's second city reverted to its original name, the Leningrad Philharmonic was renamed the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He conducted it in Europe, North America, and Japan, and led the Oslo Philharmonic on tours to even more music centers of Europe, the U.S., and Japan.

He has guest conducted many of the world's major orchestras. For Chandos Records he led the Oslo orchestra in a complete Tchaikovsky symphony cycle, and led many Shostakovich symphonies for EMI. His reputation is particularly strong as a conductor of great twentieth century symphonic classics, including composers such as Bartók, Honegger, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Weill, Sibelius, Respighi, Dukas, and Mahler. His recording of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony with the Leningrad Philharmonic won an Edison Award in 1989.

In 1995, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced Jansons' appointment as its eighth music director, effective in 1996. He has led it on successful tours, including a five-city, seven-concert tour of Japan in 1998, a tour of west coast U.S. cities and an international tour in 1999.

In 1995 King Harald V of Norway appointed Jansons Commander with Star of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, the highest Norwegian honor ever given to a person not of Norwegian descent, for his services to Norway as director of the Oslo Philharmonic. He was given honorary membership in Britain's Royal Academy of Music in 1999 and in Vienna's Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in 2001. In 2003, he was named chief conductor of the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra. Read less
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  • 1.
    Rhapsody / Matsuev, Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900146 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  George Gershwin,  George Enescu,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    50 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556482 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 3 / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102175 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108098 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102176 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4-6 / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108099 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9 / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102177 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christiane Karg,  Mihoko Fujimura,  Michael Schade,  Michael Volle
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7-9 / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108100 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mihoko Fujimura,  Christiane Karg,  Michael Schade,  Michael Volle
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 16004 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 11.
    20 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556102 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  Riccardo Muti,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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  • 12.
    40 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556099 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Maria Tipo,  Martha Argerich,  Anne Queffélec  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  William Christie,  John E. Gardiner,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Emmanuelle Haďm (Conductor/Harpsichord),  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    Sibelius: Symphony No 2, Finlandia, & Karelia Suite / Jansons
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900144 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 14.
    The Art of Midori
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518340 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Midori,  Robert McDonald,  Nobuko Imai,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Claudio Abbado,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Europakonzert: 25 DVD Anniversary Box (1991-2015) / Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26098 Release Date: 04/29/2016  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Violeta Urmana,  Elke Wilm Schulte  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Pierre Boulez,  Gustavo Dudamel,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 / Jansons, Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 16002 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 - Suk: Serenade / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900145 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Jansons
    Label: Belvedere (Dvd)   Catalog: 08015 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Jansons [Blu-ray]
    Label: Belvedere   Catalog: 08016 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Russian Opera Classics [6 Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7193 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Orlin Anastassov,  Pavel Zubov,  Alessandra Marianelli,  Andrei Dunaev  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda,  Stefan Herheim,  Michael Boder,  Marc Albrecht  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino,  Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Russian Opera Classics [8 DVDs]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1203 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Alessandra Marianelli,  Pavel Zubov,  Orlin Anastassov,  Mikhail Petrenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda,  Stefan Herheim,  Michael Boder,  Marc Albrecht  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino,  Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 16001 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Dvorak: Stabat Mater / Jansons, Wall, Bavarian Radio Chorus
    Label: Belvedere (Dvd)   Catalog: 8013 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Mihoko Fujimura,  Erin Wall,  Christian Elsner,  Liang Li
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Dvorak: Stabat Mater / Jansons, Wall, Bavarian Radio Chorus [Blu-ray]
    Label: Belvedere   Catalog: 8014 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Mihoko Fujimura,  Erin Wall,  Christian Elsner,  Liang Li
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 25.
    100 Best Film Classics [warner Classics]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John T. Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gary Hoffman,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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