Chief conductor of one the world’s finest orchestras will lay down the baton after ten glorious years.

Jan Raes, Managing Director of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, has announced that Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons will resign his position after the 2014/2015 season.

Maestro Jansons, whose health has always been fragile, most recently led the orchestra on its memorable world tour to Australia last year, although he was forced to hand over the reins on several occasions.

In a veiled statement reflecting recent media gossip and tittle-tattle, Raes stated that “the orchestra, the management and the chief conductor want to make a point of stating that they are parting on excellent terms and with deep mutual respect.”

The post of Chief Conductor of the Concertgebouw is one of classical music’s plum roles and, with the Berlin Phil job and the LSO positions also coming free in the near future, will only add to the sense of anticipation of change at the top.

Jansons made his debut with the Concertgebouw as far back as 1988. Taking over the helm from Riccardo Chailly in 2004, he became only the sixth chief conductor in the orchestra’s distinguished history. “The orchestra can look back on an especially successful period...