Franz Welser-Möst: I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of my most respected and beloved colleagues!
Andris Nelsons, his only pupil: The great Mariss Jansons was an incredible colleague, teacher, and mentor. The news of his passing is a shock and saddens me deeply. The music world has lost one of its pillars. I will miss him very much.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin: ‘There are no words. A huge loss for the world.’
Lawrence Renes: So very sad to hear of the passing of Mariss Jansons. I hardly know any conductor who was more loved by his musicians than he was. Always honest, always kind. It was always only about the music, and always with the utmost respect for the musicians. A great loss for us all…
Devastating news about the incomparable Mariss Jansons—he was a true giant as a musician, conductor and human being, a true hero of mine. RIP pic.twitter.com/7dKEJR2tB4
— Alan Gilbert (@GilbertConducts) December 1, 2019
Joshua Weilerstein: I’ll never forget watching him meticulously prepare a performance of Mahler’s 7th symphony a few years ago in Amsterdam. His commitment to music and to his art was absolutely unmatched and will be terribly missed by every musician.
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili: We have lost our beloved Maestro Jansons and we are heartbroken. Alongside all the unforgettable musical gifts he shared during his lifetime, I would like us to remember how intensely and passionately he worked to help create something which would serve others for many, many years to come: he put his heart and soul into the campaign for the construction of a new concert hall in Munich. I believe this new concert hall should carry his name.
Thank you Maestro – we will miss you in Munich and everywhere in the world
Singer David Lomeli: My dearest Mariss Jansons passed away. Devastated. He changed the way I made music. He inspired me to be a better musician but also to never stop living with emotion. He conducted my soul rather that my brain. Before singing Hostias in the Verdi Requiem he said: “David, you have to sing this by taking a breath that encapsulates the emotion that one feels when you see your son running to you, as if this was your first time seeing the sun. Quiet, concentrated, trembling and focused hope has to come through your singing”. After our last engagement, he said: “Take care of that heart, you sing with your heart wide open”.
Violinist Alexandra Hauser:
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I don’t think anyone will find the right words on today’s sad news, but I want to take a moment to thank this incredible musician, and family friend for his devotion the music, his love and his hard work. I was so happy to have known Mariss for so long, and will always treasure the sweet things my father would tell me about their student years together with Prof. Hans Swarovsky. Despite having been sick for years, music was his most loyal friend and he loved music so much that he didn’t want to leave it. Today, we lost an incredible human being, an incredible loving, encouraging and dedicated musician. My thoughts go to his family, the wonderful BRSO orchestra and the countless musicians sharing thousands of beautiful memories. RIP dear Maestro, you will be greatly missed 😢😢😢😢😢 . . . #sad #rip #maestro #marissjansons #heartbroken #love #classicalmusic #musicians #friend #inspiration #100daysofpractice #conductor #brso
Pianist Denis Matsuev: Ушёл один из самых гениальных и добрых людей на свете. Марис Янсонс. Ушла эпоха, ушла легенда. Мы должны были с ним через час сегодня выходить на сцену Мюзикферайна и играть с Венским филармоническим оркестром. Новость, конечно, невозможно ни комментировать, ни осознать, абсолютно в это не верится. Через 40 минут у нас концерт. Мы с оркестром приняли решение, что откроем его не концертом Чайковского, а любимым произведением дорогого маэстро – этюдом-картиной Рахманинова ля-ми.