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Grand Music Award for Latvia’s world-class conductor

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One of Latvia’s leading world-famous conductors Mariss Jansons will receive the Grand Music Award in March, LSM reportes.

Jansons currently leads two esteemed European symphonies – the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands’ Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras have happily subjected their performances to the Latvian conductor’s outstandingly “soulful” gestures. They cite Jansons’ bright talent and generous personal charm, as he is one of the few guest conductors who takes the musicians out for lunch or dinner as a tradition.

Wherever he works, Jansons always stresses his national origin. Born in Riga, he moved to Leningrad at the age of thirteen and from the age of thirty has been working in many different countries, including at some of the best-known orchestras in Europe and the US.

Jansons is a recipient of the Grammy Award (in 2006 for the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra’s Best Orchestral Performance of Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony) as well Germany’s Cross of Merit for his achievements and outstanding service to the nation. He has also received royal distinctions in Norway and the Netherlands, and is an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music and Vienna’s Society of Music Friends.

The Grand Music Award (LMB) is the “supreme Latvian state award” in music, a tradition established in 1993 to “mark each year’s major achievements in the concert life of our country.” The awards selection and ceremony are organized by the Ministry of Culture together with concert organizer Latvijas koncerti.

All year long a respectable jury monitors the scene and chooses its prime honoree by January, as well as the nominees for a host of awards to be presented at the Latvian National Opera on March 3. 
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