The Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko mourn the death of Mariss Jansons, honorary member and highly regarded musical companion of the orchestra. They first encountered each other in 1971, when Jansons, 28, won second place in the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition. His real debut took place in 1976, and since the late 1980s, Mariss Jansons was a regular guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker. His concert programmes focused on German Romanticism and late Romanticism as well as the works of Jean Sibelius and Dmitri Shostakovich. Mariss Jansons also worked together with the orchestra outside the Philharmonie Berlin: on tour, at European Concerts and at open-air concerts at the Berlin Waldbühne. On 1 Dezember, Mariss Jansons died in St. Petersburg at the age of 76.
Alexander Bader, clarinetist and orchestra board member of the Berliner Philharmoniker: “The death of Mariss Jansons is a great loss for us, both artistically and personally. We mourn a musician who opened up many perspectives to us, for example in the works of Shostakovich, which he was particularly fond of. No less rewarding were his warmly glowing interpretations of 19th century music. Mariss Jansons never sought superficial effects, but with inexhaustible curiosity opened up the deeper layers of a score. The result was performances of incredible depth and intensity. We were also united by a special partnership on a personal level. Mariss Jansons was someone of extraordinary warmth and sincerity: qualities that could also be found in his interpretations and which helped determine his position as a conductor.”