The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti and the administration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association join in paying tribute to Mariss Jansons, eminent colleague and personal friend, whose unique and profound  musicianship, integrity and humanity will be with us forever.

Maestro Jansons, who died Nov. 30  at age 76 in St. Petersburg, Russia, performed several times with the CSO, both in Orchestra Hall and at the Ravinia Festival, as well as with visiting orchestras (a complete performance history is here). He made his CSO debut in 1991 at Ravinia.

His most recent Symphony Center appearance came in 2016, with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, for which he had served as chief conductor since 2003. He also was music director of the Oslo Philharmonic from 1979 to 2000, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2004, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2004 to 2015.

Born in German-occupied Riga in 1943 in what is now independent Latvia, Jansons grew up in the Soviet Union and studied at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory. He moved to Austria in 1969 and studied conducting with Hans Swarowsky at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and with Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg.

Ahead of Maestro Jansons’ appearance with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2016, for a Symphony Center Presents Orchestra series concert, he spoke with CSO Sounds and Stories. Here’s the link.

TOP: Mariss with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. | Photo: Courtesy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra