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ESTONIAN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA FIRST RECORDING

2018 celebrates the 100th anniversary of Estonian Independence and to mark the occasion Paavo Järvi is taking the Estonian Festival Orchestra on its first major European tour in January with concerts in Tallinn, Brussels, Zurich, Cologne, Berlin, Vienna and Luxembourg,  together with soloist, Viktoria Mullova. The orchestra’s debut recording is released simultaneous to the tour on Alpha Classics featuring Shostakovich Symphony No.6 and Sinfonietta, both recorded […]

GRAMOPHONE FEATURE: “A CONDUCTING DYNASTY”

The January 2018 issue of Gramophone celebrates an exceptional conducting dynasty, the Järvi family – Paavo and Kristjan and their father Neeme, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Editor-in-Chief James Jolly met with them all to talk about the life of a maestro and the art of recording.

COMPLETE BEETHOVEN CYCLE IN ASIA & FIRST BRAHMS RELEASE WITH DEUTSCHE KAMMERPHILHARMONIE

Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen are currently in Asia where they are performing the complete Beethoven cycle in both Beijing and Shanghai. The international success of their Beethoven cycle in concert and on CD has now been followed with the release of their first recording in the new Brahms cycle on the RCA Red Seal label. An equally resounding success across the globe:

“A […]

LIVE FACEBOOK STREAM TONIGHT FROM STOCKHOLM

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

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ESTONIAN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA ON NORDIC TOUR

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.
Read more at the orchestra’s new website efo.ee

THE LURE OF THE NORTH

“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 […]

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CONCERT SEASON

2018 celebrates the 100th anniversary of Estonian Independence and to mark the occasion Paavo Järvi is taking the Estonian Festival Orchestra on its first major European tour in January with concerts in Tallinn, Brussels, Zurich, Cologne, Berlin, Vienna and Luxembourg, together with soloist, Viktoria Mullova. The orchestra’s debut recording is released simultaneous to the tour on Alpha Classics featuring Shostakovich Symphony No.6 and Sinfonietta, both recorded at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia. Other highlights for the start of the year include three performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the UK dedicated to the music of Dvořák and a return to the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo in February for programmes ranging from Takemitsu to Bernstein. In March Paavo Järvi reunites with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for two concerts with a focus on Schubert at the Musikverein in Vienna, followed by two performances in Paris with a focus on Brahms. On 10 April Paavo Järvi and DKAM will bring Brahms back “home” to Bremen, with a performance of the Requiem at the Bremer Dom on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of its premiere – conducted by Brahms himself in the very same Bremen church.

NEXT CONCERTS:

NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

22nd February 2018

Suntory Hall

TÔRU TAKEMITSU: Nostalgia with Akiko Suwanai
TÔRU TAKEMITSU: Far calls, coming far! with Akiko Suwanai
WAGNER: Orchestral Excerpts from The Ring
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NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

4th March 2018

Orchard Hall

BERNSTEIN: West Side Story
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NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

6th March 2018

Orchard Hall

BERNSTEIN: West Side Story
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PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Pärnu Music Festival and Järvi Academy were founded by Paavo Järvi in 2011 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 eighth year the 2018 festival, which runs from 5-11 August, is dedicated to the country’s 100th Anniversary of Independence and will feature an Estonian composition in each concert. The Estonian Festival Orchestra reunites for two performances with Paavo Järvi, featuring the world premiere of a new work by Jüri Reinvere (8 August) and Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No.3 (11 August).  Neeme Järvi will take to the stage with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi conducts the Academy Youth Orchestra.

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CONDUCTING ACADEMY

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

 

PRESS

ESTONIAN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA EUROPEAN TOUR, JANUARY 2018

… Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony gave the orchestra a chance to ignite real explosives …   if, Järvi can continue this same magic with the exceptional Tonhalle Orchestra come 2019, and no doubt he will, then the years ahead in the Zürich Tonhalle will be worth their weight in gold.
bachtrack.com. Sarah Batschelet, 23 January 2018

… Und in Schostakowitschs Sechster heizt er seinem fast durchweg sehr jungen Festivalorchester derart ein, dass namentlich das Scherzo und der Final-Galopp – wohl ganz im Sinne des Komponisten – wie eine hypertrophe Parodie auf den seinerzeit vom Sozialismus verordneten Jubel klingen. Zürich darf gespannt sein.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Christian Wildhagen, 21 January 2018

Am Anfang war der Klang. Wie eine vom Licht durchbrochene Klangwolke zog der weiche, intensive Ton des Estonian Festival Orchestra über die Bühne des Konzerthauses … … In Schostakowitschs Sechster Symphonie trieb Järvi das fabelhaft intonierende Orchester schier mühelos über die steilen musikalischen Gipfel, von denen es sofort mit drängendem Elan weiterpreschte, ehe sich die Musiker im furios zelebrierten Galopp des dritten Satzes gegenseitig zu einem grandiosen Schlussspurt anspornten.
Wiener Zeitung, Andreas Meier, 24 January 2018

Genuss und Spielfreude stehen bei seiner Interpretation an erster Stelle … ein wahrer Ohrenschmaus.
Berliner Morgenpost, Felix Stephan, 24 January, 2018

Paavo Järvi und sein Estonian Festival Orchestra – bestehend aus jungen estnischen Musikern und internationalen Profis – machen auf ihrer ersten Europatournee Station in Berlin und erobern die Philharmonie mit schierem Tonvolumen. Mit kräftigem Strich, einem gerade nicht esoterisch-vergeistigten, sondern handfesten Pärt und mit Crescendi, die sich bis in jeden Winkel des Scharoun-Baus ausdehnen.
Der Tagesspiegel, Christiane Peitz, 24 January 2018

Den großartigen Abend beschloss Dmitri Schostakowitschs 6. Symphonie von 1939: Paavo Järvi enttäuschte auch dabei die Erwartungen der Zuhörer auf präzise sinnlich klangvolle Sinfonik keineswegs. Im Gegenteil – er verlieh dem Geschehen bemerkenswerte Tiefe, fasste die Entwicklungen in nirgends nachlassende Spannungsbögen.
Kronen Zeitung, Florian Krenstetter, 25 January 2018

Paavo Järvi bündelt sie scheinbar mühelos zu einem Klangkörper, dem man die Zusammengesetztheit nicht anmerkt, der über Geschmei- digkeit ebenso verfügt wie über die Fähigkeit zu energievollen Ausbrü- chen. Der „Cantus“ von Arvo Pärt lässt sich zugleich verstehen als ein großangelegtes Crescendo über fünf Minuten hinweg. Wie der Klang des Festival-Orchesters dabei im- mer stärker wird, ohne dass die Spannung abbrechen würde, wie er dabei nie verklumpt, sondern Durchsichtigkeit behält, das beein- druckt und prägt auch die folgen- den Stücke: Sibelius’ Violinkonzert, bei dem gemeinsam mit Solistin Viktoria Mullova eine zarte, kam- mermusikalisch anmutende Auf- führung gelingt; bei Schostako- witschs 6. Sinfonie, deren Schluss- satz im mühelosen Galopp vorüber- zischt. Sanft spielt dieses Orchester unter Paavo Järvis Leitung, aber es versteht ebenso, mit dem Florett zu kämpfen, präzise und virtuos.
Berliner Zeitung, 24 January 2018

Dass eine solche Aufgabe einem ausgewiesenen Orchestererzieher wie Paavo Järvi, übrigens zurzeit ‘Artist in Residence’ der Philharmonie Luxemburg, ein Leichtes ist, war zu erwarten. Dass aber auch das junge und jugendlich besetzte Orchester einer solchen Aufgabe in so einer mitreißenden und überwältigenden Manier gewachsen ist, war nicht selbstverständlich. Feine Soli, insbesondere in den Holzbläsern und ein ausgereiftes energiegeladenes und auch kammermusikalisch ausgereiftes Miteinander aller Orchestergruppen bezeugen die kreative Inspiration des Kurortes Pärnu und der Familie Järvi, die dort ihren Sommersitz hat.
Pizzicato, 26 January 2018

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RECORDINGS

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BIOGRAPHY

The Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi opens his third season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, presenting repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bernstein. Their highly acclaimed Strauss recording project continues with the release of the second album featuring Don QuixoteTill Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and Der Rosenkavalier Suite. As Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, he continues the critically acclaimed Brahms Symphonies cycle and launches their Schubert project touring in Europe.

Commencing from the 2019/20 season Paavo Järvi will be Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, while he concluded his highly successful tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris in summer 2016. He is also Conductor Laureate of Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Music Director Laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his permanent positions, Järvi is in much demand as a guest conductor, appearing regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and Staatskapelle Dresden. Highlights of his recent and upcoming guest engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Teatro alla Scala in Milan and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester.

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