Before the rehearsal at the Philharmonie today, the Berliner Philharmoniker welcomed Mariss Jansons as an honorary member of the orchestra to express their gratitude for a long association.
Mariss Jansons conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time in 1971 during the second International Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition.
Since his official debut in 1976, he and the orchestra have presented 95 concerts with 40 programmes in Berlin and on several concert tours, including this week’s concerts with works by Robert Schumann and Anton Bruckner.
In his address, orchestra board member Knut Weber emphasized: “For many years the Berliner Philharmoniker and the public have again and again experienced fascinating concerts with and thanks to you. Dear Mariss Jansons, it is a great pleasure for us all to have you with us this week. It is our heartfelt wish to thank you by conferring honorary membership in our orchestra on you. Thank you for many years of unique musical cooperation, for unforgettable concerts – in short, for your wonderful friendship.”
Besides Mariss Jansons the following conductors have become honorary members of the orchestra as well: Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Seiji Ozawa.