The world-famous Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons has received an extraordinary gift in his 75th birthday on January 14, 2018. A new tulip, created in Latvia and bred in Netherlands, was named after him.

The idea to create a new tulip came from the Embassy of Latvia in Netherlands, highlighting the fact that Mariss Jansons, who was the chief conductor of The Royal Concertgebouw for 11 years, is, perhaps, the most well-known Latvian in Netherlands. With the participation of the Latvian ambassador to the Netherlands Ilze Rūse, ambassador of the Netherlands to Latvia Pieter Jan Langenberg, the creator of the tulip Juris Egle (Latvia) and the breeder of the tulip Jan Pennings (Netherlands), the name “Mariss Jansons” was officially allocated to the tulip by Aiva Rozenberga, the director of Latvian Institute.

During the ceremony, a musical greeting was be performed by another famous Latvian Maestro, Raimonds Pauls.

In 2018, Latvia celebrates its centenary, and an important part of the celebration is the international culture programme abroad. In Netherlands, it is mostly planned around Mariss Jansons’ personality.

See the pictures from the ceremony here.