Mariss Jansons 1943–2019

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Mariss Jansons, our Principal Guest Conductor between 1992 and 1997. We remember him fondly and our thoughts are with his family and everyone that knew him.

A tribute from Sue Bohling, Principal Cor Anglais

‘I was lucky enough to work with Mariss Jansons in my very first concert with the LPO. The programme was Debussy’s Nocturnes, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring – not a low-profile concert for a newbie cor anglais player on trial! That said, it was one of the most exciting concerts I had ever played and remains clear in my memory today. It’s way up there in my list of best moments in my career and as a member of the LPO. He was a generous man and a generous conductor who gave me courage and encouragement as a soloist.’

A tribute from Fiona Higham, Second Violin

‘I have wonderful memories of Mariss as an incredibly inspiring musician who never had the need to impose his ideas, but just conveyed them in a gentle and wonderful way. For me, two highlights were playing Ravel’s La Valse with him for the first time, and also Schoenberg’s Pelleas and Melisande. I consider myself very privileged to have worked with him in the LPO.’

A tribute from Rachel Masters, Principal Harp

‘I remember Mariss Jansons for his memorable interpretations of Richard Strauss. He mastered the shape and form of these huge, evocative works, communicating their magical range of orchestral colours to their full effect.

Always polite and gracious, energetically and effectively rehearsing to bring out the best from us all, appreciative of everyone’s contributions, with an impish smile, it was a privilege to have worked with him.’