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March 27, 2019

Mariss Jansons has been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Herbert von Karajan Music Prize

We are very proud to announce that Mariss Jansons will be awarded the 2019 Herbert von Karajan-Prize on April 14!

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons has this week been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Herbert von Karajan Music Prize in recognition of exceptional global artistic achievement. Awarded annually since 2017 at the Salzburg Easter Festival by the widow of the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan, Maestro Jansons will receive €50,000 as part of this award.

Mariss Jansons is one of the few conductors for whom Herbert von Karajan was a musical mentor. They met for the first time in 1968, when Karajan was performing as a guest in the Soviet Union with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Jansons was the youngest of twelve students invited to conduct for Karajan in a masterclass. Afterwards, Karajan invited him to study with him. In 1971 Mariss Jansons was a prize-winner at the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition. In the years thereafter, he often approached his mentor again for advice.

Mariss Jansons will be conducting at this year’s Riga Jurmala Music Festival on 19th and 21st July.

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