Personalities | Mariss Jansons | Contemporary | Classical
Jansons studied at the Leningrad Conservatory and in Austria with Karajan before becoming associate (later associate principal) conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic 1973–97 and music director of the Oslo Philharmonic 1979–2000 (an orchestra whose international reputation he consolidated through tours and recordings) and the Pittsburgh Symphony 1997–2004, succeeding Maazel. He was then chief conductor of both the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (from 2003) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (from 2004). He excels in Russian repertory, especially Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.
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