The Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (76) died on Saturday in Saint Petersburg from an acute cardiac arrest. This has been confirmed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2004 to 2015, Jansons was the conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jansons, born in Riga, conducted top orchestras all over the world. In 1985 he worked for the first time in the Netherlands, as a conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004 he became chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, until he was succeeded in 2015 by Daniele Gatti.

In October 2017, Jansons conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra one last time. The orchestra then played works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Liszt.

The conductor had been troubled by his heart for some time, so he had to regularly cancel concerts in recent years.