Vienna New Year's Concert 2016
1st January, 2016
The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert took place under the baton of Mariss Jansons on 1st January, 2016, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. Mariss Jansons, whose musical collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic goes back to 1992, conducted the New Year's Concert for the third time, following 2006 and 2012.
The 2016 New Year's Concert also represents the 75th anniversary of this unique cultural event. The New Year's Concert 2016 was broadcast in over 90 countries around the world was seen by some 50 million television viewers. The programme of the New Year's Concert 2016 can be viewed here.
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 honours 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 influen-ced by the legendary Russian conductor Evgeny Mravinsky, who brought Mariss Jansons to the Leningrad Philharmonic as his assistant in 1971.
Floral Decorations by Vienna Parks and Gardens
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 cooperation 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.