Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra’s concert at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm tonight will be broadcast live on Swedish Radio and filmed as a live stream on the orchestra’s new facebook. Join Paavo and the EFO live in Stockholm for their last concert of their very first tour.

Shostakovich: Symphony No.1
Tüür: Accordion Concerto ‘Prophecy’ with Ksenija Sidorova
Sibelius: Symphony No.2



The Estonian Festival Orchestra, created by Paavo Järvi in 2011 for the Pärnu Music Festival, has just embarked on its maiden voyage, a Nordic tour including the closing concert of the Turku Music Festival, as well as concerts at the Tivoli Summer Classical Festival in Copenhagen and The Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm.
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“What is so enchantingly charming and magical about this time forgotten place? The concentration of the musicians who gather around Paavo Järvi is the one thing. And the absolute absence of any pretention”
Die Welt

“The world-famous Järvi conducting dynasty, hand-crafted musicians, a modern concert hall and the historical buildings are Pärnu’s ingredients for the musical event in the so-called “summer capital of […]


Paavo Järvi has been announced as the new Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for a five-year term from the 2019/20 season.

On taking up the position Järvi commented “I am extremely honoured to be taking on the role of Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich – an orchestra that has a great history and an outstanding quality of playing. On the most […]


Paavo Järvi makes his debut at Teatro della Scala this month, conducting Don Giovanni. The premiere is on 6 May and performances continue until 6 June.

During his time at the theatre, Paavo also conducts ballet performances set to music from Ravel and Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov from 19 April to 13 May, and on 13, 16 and 18 May he leads the Filarmonica della Scala in Mahler’s […]


Ahead of Paavo Järvi and the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s first tour of Europe together, BBC Radio 3 has chosen their new recording of Strauss tone poems as Disc of the Week. Listeners around the world can tune in online to the programme live (Saturday 25 February at 11.45 GMT) or on the BBC iplayer for a week.

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This Spring Paavo Järvi brings the NHK Symphony Orchestra on tour to Europe, celebrating both his second season as Chief Conductor and the orchestra’s 90th birthday. Further upcoming highlights include performances with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony of which he is Conductor Laureate.  In May Paavo Järvi makes his debut at La Scala in Milan conducting Don Giovanni where he will also lead the La Scala Orchestra in a series of concerts. Together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen he prepares for their first CD release in the Brahms Symphony cycle and continues to put Brahms as the focus in concert.


NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

27th September 2017

Suntory Hall, Tokyo

BARTÓK: Divertimento
BARTÓK: Dance Suite
BARTÓK: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
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NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

28th September 2017

Suntory Hall, Tokyo

BARTÓK: Divertimento
BARTÓK: Dance Suite
BARTÓK: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
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New York Philharmonic

12th October 2017

David Geffen Hall

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No.4 with Leif Ove Andsnes
SIBELIUS: Symphony No.5
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The Pärnu Music Festival and Järvi Academy were founded by Paavo Järvi in 2010 together with his father, Neeme, and its family atmosphere envelopes the visiting musicians, students and audience to create a unique summer refuge on the Estonian coast.  Now in its seventh year the 2017 festival, which runs from 10 – 17 August,  is particularly special as it is dedicated to the 80th birthday of Neeme Järvi who will conduct the opening concert (10 August) with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and soloist Kolja Blacher featuring the music of Estonian composer Jaan Rääts and works by Beethoven and Mozart.  Both Neeme and Paavo Järvi lead this summer’s annual conducting course which culminates in a special concert featuring the students (12 August) and the Estonian Festival Orchestra reunites for two concerts conducted by Paavo Järvi featuring guest soloists Radu Lupu (13 August) and Lisa Batiashivili (17 August). The programmes, which feature music by Beethoven, Nielsen, Sibelius, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky reflect Estonia’s close historical ties with its neighbouring European countries and Russia – all of which occupied Estonia at some point in its history.

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The Järvi Academy traditionally takes place in Tallinn and Pärnu where students are selected to work with several orchestras and to perform at the Pärnu Music Festival. Concerts are held at various locations, such as the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn and the Pärnu Concert Hall, famous for its acoustics. The Academy collaborates closely with the Pärnu Music Festival, offering a great opportunity for students to meet numerous colleagues, well-known international artists and members of the Estonian Festival Orchestra. The contact with professionals will be both formal and informal. During formal masterclasses students will benefit from professional expertize, such as interpretation, orchestration, self-management, psychology and more.
For up to date information on future conducting courses visit The Pärnu Music Festival website




“A very special lure on the Baltic Sea Festival’s progamme was the young teenage Dmitri Shostakovich’s first symphony from 1925, and it also became Paavo Järvi’s real triumph. Here was a young, hungry orchestra which was also very congenial; musicians who both can and will bite on the challenges which scores and conductor present them.

What a mood of Bolshevik twenty-seventeen and a self-conscious teenage genius! Here you will find spooky cabaret, spanky puppets and pointed montage within the framework of a safe and small creative orchestration. Paavo Järvi triggered his festival musicians in silent movie tempo and with perfect articulation.” [Dagens Nyheter, Camilla Lundberg, 26 August 2017]

“… The Sibelius symphony (no. 2) showed an orchestra with a nerve and willingness to play all the way … the energy and cohesion to create an uncontrollable and direct symphonic world that hit right in the diaphragm.”   [Politiken, Henrik Friis, 24 August 2017]

“The concert of the Turku Music Festival on Saturday night became a poignant tribute. Paavo Järvi, director of the Estonian Festival Orchestra, dedicated the concert to the memory of the victims (of the previous day’s attack). The performance began with a minute’s silence, after which he conducted Jean Sibelius’s Valse Triste … Meanwhile, the performance of the 18 year old Dmitry Shostakovich’s chamber symphony was both amazing and vivid. Paavo Järvi has always had the ability to clearly outline a dense orchestral texture, but now there is more warmth and flight.”   [Helsingen Sanomat, Vesa Siren, 19 August 2017]

“For the first time ever Paavo Järvi has been showing other nations why the Estonian Festival Orchestra is among the world’s best – travelling to other Nordic countries after their annual gathering in Estonia’s summer capital of Pärnu, with the big bastions of Vienna and Berlin to come early next year.

“… That phenomenon of top players burning for a conductor they love and respect has been a constant at the three festivals I’ve attended … And this surely unrepeatable performance of Sibelius’s Second Symphony almost burned the house down with its incandescence … the slow movement especially more inspired and dangerously intense than I’ve ever heard it.   [, David Nice, 24 August 2017]

“The concert combined Danish, Finnish and Russian music reflecting Estonia’s Geo-Political position …  The Estonian Festival Orchestra gleamed above all through the brilliant ensemble of the first violins led by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s concert master, Florian Donderer … With a small first outing to neibouring Turku, Copenhagen and Stockholm, the Estonian Festival Orchestra looks forward to the 100th anniversary celebrations of Estonian Independence in January 2018 and to their first major European tour in January. And this tour will allow audiences in Vienna to hear them live for the very first time.”   [Radio klassik Stephansdom, Ursula Magnes, 18 August 2017]

“The rich program of the Pärnu Music Festival reflects the human concept that the conductor Paavo Järvi embodies as its guiding spirit … Under his unpretentious, collegial, always professional direction, the ensemble is thus imbued with the spirit of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra – and is already of an amazing standard.

“… Atmosphere means a lot, but first and foremost the music is fascinating .. witness how Paavo Järvi,in impeccable acoustics, first neatly drew the individual strands of Nielsen’s “Aladdin” suite together into dazzling scenes, which was followed by a small miracle: in a run-through of the first two movements of Sibelius’s Second Symphony, the brilliant clarity suddenly also gave way into an enormous emotional depth, which was not least born from the intimate string sound. The great music of the Finn, as newly born in a Pan-European spirit: a moving promise.”   [Die Presse,Walter Weidringer, 18 August 2017]

“What is so enchantingly charming and magical about this time forgotten place? The concentration of the musicians who gather around Paavo Järvi is the one thing. And the absolute absence of any pretention”   [Die Welt, Manuel Brug, 17 August 2017]

“The world-famous Järvi conducting dynasty, handpicked musicians, a modern concert hall and the historical buildings are Pärnu’s ingredients for the musical event in the so-called “summer capital of Estonia” … Musicians from all over Europe came to Pärnu to become part of a summer festival of the generations. Many of them are Estonians who work abroad. Others have been infected by their enthusiasm. And the Estonian music scene is concentrated for two weeks in the small coastal town, where the Järvi family opens a window into an ideal music world”   [Deutschlandfunk Kultur,Julia Kaiser, 14 August 2017]

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Paavo Järvi’s second season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra opened on a high when he conducted Mahler’s Symphony No.8 in celebration of the orchestra’s 90th Anniversary. They also performed Mahler to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Suntory Hall and embarked on a major European tour in spring 2017 with performances in Berlin, Luxembourg, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Vienna and Cologne.

As Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi and the orchestra returned to Asia for performances across Taiwan and Japan in autumn 2016. Throughout the season they have continued their critically acclaimed Brahms symphony cycle with performances throughout Germany and Switzerland. The first recording of the Brahms cycle is released on Sony’s, RCA label in autumn 2017.

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