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Mariss Jansons becomes an Honorary Member of the Berlin Philharmonic

Mariss Jansons, Philipp Bohnen (Member of the Philharmonic Association), Knut Weber (Orchestra Board), Andrea Zietzschmann (General Manager)
Photo courtesy Berlin Philharmonic, © Stephan Rabold

They didn't make him their new Chief Conductor when they voted two years ago, but how they've made him an honorary member: As per the PR office of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berliner Philharmoniker welcomed Mariss Jansons as an honorary member of the orchestra earlier today, before their rehearsal for the concerts with Schumann's Piano Concerto (with Daniil Trifonov, who looks ever more like Jan Böhmermann) and Bruckner's Sixth Symphony (Jan. 25th through the 27th), and thus "expressing their gratitude for a long association". (See also The Berlin Philharmonic's Next Conductor: The Odds And Ends and Kirill Petrenko Is The New Chief Conductor Of The Berlin Philharmonic)

In this he joins fellow conductors Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Seiji Ozawa.

This statement from orchestra board member Knut Weber came with it:
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.

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