Mariss Jansons receives the 2019 Herbert von Karajan Prize on 19 April

Mariss Jansons with Herbert von Karajan (c) Mariss Jansons
Mariss Jansons with Herbert von Karajan (c) Mariss Jansons

As already announced at Easter 2018, Mariss Jansons will be presented with the Herbert von Karajan Prize at the 2019 Salzburg Easter Festival. This Prize, endowed by Eliette von Karajan and worth EUR 50,000, will be presented at the Orchestral Concert of 14 April, when Mariss Jansons will conduct the Staatskapelle Dresden.
    
Their programme features Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 in G major (‘The Military’) and Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in G major. The soloist in Mahler’s Symphony will be the Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann – who has been praised by Peter Ruzicka, Intendant and Managing Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, for possessing ‘a truly angelic voice’.
    
Mariss Jansons is this year’s guest conductor at the Easter Festival. He 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’s initial impressions of the Easter Festival date back to its early years: ‘I experienced the Salzburg Easter Festival already back in 1969 under Herbert von Karajan. It made an incredible, deep impression on me – especially Herbert von Karajan himself, of course, with his rehearsals, orchestra concerts and opera performances. I will never forget that time!’

When Mariss Jansons is presented with this year’s Herbert von Karajan Prize, it will be like closing the circle. ‘For me personally, it is a source of great joy and an honour to participate in this year’s Easter Festival, and to be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Prize’, says Mariss Jansons. 

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