Jansons Extends at BR

Mariss Jansons

By ANDREW POWELL
Published: June 3, 2013

MUNICH — Mariss Jansons has signed an extension of his contract as Chefdirigent of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its choral forces, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) announced today here. The added period runs from Sept. 2015 through Aug. 2018.

The Riga, Latvia-born conductor, 70, also serves as chief conductor of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra. His tenure in Munich, a collegial one, began in 2003.

Separately, at a ceremony in the Prince Regent Theater tomorrow (June 4), Jansons receives the 2013 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. He has promised to donate its €250,000 bounty toward the design and building of a (much needed) new concert hall for Munich should the project actually happen.

BR additionally announced the promotion of one of the orchestra’s artistic planners, Nikolaus Pont, 41, to the position of Orchestermanager. Born in Vienna, Pont earlier worked for the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Austrian broadcaster ORF.

Photo © Matthias Schrader

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