Latvian conductor Mariss Ivars Georgs Jansons (born 14 January 1943) began his tenure as chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2003/2004 season, and further extended his contract with the BRSO last to August 2012. Now Mariss Jansons has again extended his contract as chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Choir for a further three years until August 31, 2018. “I would like to thank the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for the trust they have in me,’ he said. ‘Without trust, it is impossible to work together. It has now been 10 years since we started our close relationship: I feel privileged to have spent this wonderful and, as I believe, fruitful time with such an excellent ensemble. I am looking forward very much to our common future, to achieving new goals and to realising exciting ideas.’ Jansons said.