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New Year's Concert 2016 with Mariss Jansons

The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert takes place under the baton of Mariss Jansons on January 1, 2016, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. Mariss Jansons, whose musical collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic goes back to 1992, conducts the New Year's Concert for the third time, after 2006 and 2012. The New Year's Concert 2016 also represents the 75th anniversary of this unique cultural event.

The New Year's Concert 2016 will be broadcast in over 90 countries around the world and be seen by 50 million television viewers. The program for this year's concert will be announced at a later date.

The New Year's Concert

The Vienna Philharmonic presents annually at the New Year a program consisting of the lively and yet nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Strauss family and its contemporaries. This concert is now broadcast to over 90 countries around the world.

Mariss Jansons

Born in 1943 in the Latvian capital of Riga, Mariss Jansons grew up in the Soviet Union as the son of conductor Arvids Jansons. He studied violin, viola and piano and graduated with honors from the Leningrad Conservatory with a degree in conducting. Studies in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky and in Salzburg with Herbert von Karajan followed. In 1971, Mariss Jansons emerged as a prize winner from the conducting competition of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation in Berlin. He was greatly influenced by the legendary Russian conductor Evgeny Mravinsky, who brought Mariss Jansons to the Leningrad Philharmonic as his assistant in 1971.


Mariss Jansons remained closely associated with the Leningrad Philharmonic, today's St. Petersburg Philharmonic, until 1999 as regular conductor and led the orchestra during this period on tours around the world. From 1979 - 2000, Jansons set new standards as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, which he shaped into a top international orchestra. In addition, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1992 - 1997) and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1997 - 2004). With his two orchestras in Oslo and Pittsburgh, Mariss Jansons went on several tours to the most international music centers as well as making regular visits to the festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, the London Proms, etc.

Mariss Jansons has been the Chief Conductor of the Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks since 2003. In 2004, he became the Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebow Orchestra in Amsterdam. In addition, he has successfully collaborated with major orchestras around the world.

Of particular significance are his collaborations with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Jansons has conducted these orchestras regularly in Vienna and Berlin as well as on tour throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. With these and other orchestras, he is a regular guest artist at the Salzburg Festival.


Mariss Jansons has been awarded a number of international prizes and accolades. Among many others, he is an honorary member of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna, and in Russia has holds the honorary title: "People's Artist of Russia".

In Norway in 1986, he was awarded the top-ranking "Medal of St. Hallvard", the highest award presented by of the City of Oslo; in 1998, the "Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit"; and in 1994, the "Commander with Star" - the highest award presented to a foreigner. In 1995, he received the Latvian Award of Merit for Music and in 2003 the Hans von Bülow Medal from the Berlin Philharmonic.

In 2007, the city of Vienna presented him with the "Golden Cross of Honor for Services to the Federal State of Vienna". In 2009, the Austrian Culture Ministry on behalf of Federal Austrian President Heinz Fischer awarded him the "Austrian Cross of Honor for Scholarship and Art".


Besides his conducting duties, Mariss Jansons has served for almost 30 years, from 1971 until 2000, as professor of conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He holds honorary doctorates from the music academies in Oslo (2003), Riga (2006) and the Royal Academy of Music in London (1999).

Floral Decorations by Vienna Parks and Gardens

Floral Decorations - New Years Concert 2015 ©  Jun Keller ≡ InfoBlumenschmuck - Neujahrskonzert 2015 | + Zoom The New Year’s Concert on January 1, 2015, marked the premiere of a new co-operation between the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Parks and Gardens department. Together with other Austrian gardeners and florists, the department‘s staff will in the future be turning the Golden Hall of the Musikverein into a shining sea of flowers. “The New Year’s Concert is a highlight in the floral industry and provides a unique opportunity to present the great mastery of Vienna’s gardeners to an international audience”, said Vienna’s City Councillor for the Environment, Ulli Sima.

Vienna’s parks and gardens department considers this new co-operation an exciting task. “The new co-operation creates a unique Viennese symbiosis – both in floral and in musical terms. Both institutions, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Parks and Gardens, have a long tradition and contribute to Vienna’s image, which is presented to the world at the New Year’s Concert”, declared Vienna Parks and Gardens Director Rainer Weisgram.

New Year's Concert ©  Terry Linke ≡ InfoNew Year's Concert | + Zoom

Due to extremely high demand, tickets for the three traditional end of year concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic are drawn by lot over this website at the beginning of each year. In this way, music lovers from all over the world have an equal chance to purchase these highly desired tickets. Between January 2 and February 29, 2016, applications will be accepted to take part in the drawing for tickets to the end of year concerts 2016/17.

More Information

Fri, 01. January 2016

11:15 h

Vienna, Austria
Musikverein, Golden Hall

New Year's Concert

Conductor Mariss Jansons

Compositions by

New Year's Concert 2015

The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert took place under the baton of Zubin Mehta on January 1, 2015, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.


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New Year's Concert 2014


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New Year's Concert 2013

The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2013 was conducted for the second time by the Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst, General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra. This most popular concert of the classical music world and annual highlight of the first morning of the New Year enjoys ever increasing prominence due to the radio and television broadcasts to over 70 countries around the world.


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