Arvīds Jansons

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Arvīds Jansons (10 October 1914 in Liepāja – 21 November 1984 in Manchester) was a Latvian conductor and father of conductor Mariss Jansons.

Jansons studied violin from 1929 until 1935 at the Conservatory of Liepāja, then composition and conducting (under Leo Blech) at the Conservatory of Riga from 1940 until 1944 while working as violinist at Riga Opera. In 1944 he was appointed conductor of Riga Opera, then the Latvian Radio Orchestra (1947–1952). In 1952 he was appointed reserve conductor, and tour conductor, of the Leningrad Philharmonic behind Yevgeny Mravinsky and Kurt Sanderling.

Jansons became principal guest conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in 1965. He collapsed and died from a heart attack in 1984 while conducting a concert with the Hallé. He is buried next to Karl Eliasberg in Volkovo Cemetery, Saint Petersburg.[1]

Recordings[edit]

For Melodiya

Caprice Records (sv), Sweden

Radio archives[edit]

BBC

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