Mariss Jansons quits Vienna. Czech’s in the post

Mariss Jansons quits Vienna. Czech’s in the post


norman lebrecht

November 18, 2019

Mariss Jansons has cancelled five concerts with the Vienna Phiharmonic Orchestra due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Jansons, 76, missed several concerts on the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra’s recent tour due to bouts of ill health and resentment was expressed in Munich that, while unable to conduct his own orchestra, he was still fulfilling a date with Vienna.

His short-order replacement in Vienna will be Jakub Hrusa, making his Philharmonic debut.

Offficial statement:
We regret to announce that Maestro Mariss Jansons has had to cancel the following concerts with us due to a torn Achilles tendon:

November 28, 15:00 (Jeunesse Abo 01)
November 29, 19:30 (2. Soirée)
November 30, 15:30 (4. Abonnementkonzert)
December 1, 11:00 (4. Abonnementkonzert)
December 2, 19:30 (Concert of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna)

We would like to thank Maestro Jakub Hrůša Conductor for taking over these concerts with a slightly altered program:

▪️Antonín Dvořák: Overture to “Carnival”, op.92
▪️P. I. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op.63 with soloist Denis Matsuev
▪️Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

“We are pleased to introduce Jakub Hrůša, a conductor of the younger generation whom the orchestra has already met in a production of Leoš Janáček’s “The Makropulos Affair” at the Vienna State Opera.” says Michael Bladerer, CEO of the Vienna Philharmonic.


  • Gustavo says:

    Congratulations, to the Orchestra, Maestro Hrusa and to the decision makers!

    Mariss, get well, soon!

  • Karl says:

    Jakub Hrusa is great. I’ve seen him in Ottawa. He’s going to be a major star soon.

  • John Kelly says:

    Strong substitute. I have heard Hrusa with the NYPO a few times. Impressive.

  • Maria says:

    One concert programme and hardly a demanding programme but wish the conductor well. Most of all wish Mariss a speedy recovery from a very painful injury that is slow to heal.