As the 2015 / 16 concert season draws to an end so does Paavo Järvi’s highly successful tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, a position he has held since 2010/11. His final concert in the Philharmonie will be on 18th June when he conducts Mahler Symphony no.3 featuring Michelle de Young as soloist.

The orchestra has just returned from a Swiss tour, taking […]


Last week Paavo Järvi had the honour of conducting the Czech Philharmonic in the inaugral concert of the 71st International Prague Spring Festival and tonight he returns to the stage at the Royal Festival Hall to continue his ongoing Nielsen Symphony Cycle with the Philharmonia in London.

Tonight’s programme, which features both the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto and Symphony No.3, follows the recent CD release of the […]


Paavo Järvi’s recording of the Elgar and Walton cello concertos with Steven Isserlis and the Philharmonia has been chosen as Gramophone’s Recording of the Month by Gramophone Magazine.

“… With his immaculate technical address and ravishingly songful, mellow tone, (Steven) Isserlis strikes precisely the right balance between classical strength and private introspection, his contribution as full of radiant spontaneity and tumbling fantasy as one could wish.

“He […]


“Järvi represents the role of a sovereign trustee for the art of Carl Nielsen in this symphonic cosmos” writes Der Opernfreund’s in its review of Paavo Järvi’s new Nielsen cycle with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra . Four years in the making and released at the close of the 150th anniversary of Nielsen’s birth, further reviews from Germany follow suit in their praise:

“Paavo Järvi has […]


Deutschlandradio Kultur has chosen the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as “Orchestra of the year” citing it as “one of the world’s leading orchestras. Since 2004 its Artistic Director has been the Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi. Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen have had actively widely acclaimed successes with, among other things, their Beethoven project which has included worldwide tours, CD and DVD recordings. Currently, the orchestra […]


Paavo Järvi’s recording of the Prokofiev and Shostakovich cello concertos with Steven Isserlis and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra has been nominated in the concerto category for the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards:

“Out of over 1,200 recordings reviewed in the magazine during 2015, 21 have been deemed the very finest by our specially assembled jury of critics and magazine editorial staff … Now we […]

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As the 2015 / 16 concert season draws to an end so does Paavo’s Järvi final year as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris. Prior to the final gala concert in Paris on 18 June when Paavo will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No.3, he joins the orchestra on a tour of Switzerland with concerts in Geneva, Zurich, Lucerne and Bern (27 – 30 May). In June Paavo returns to Germany to conduct the Munich Philharmonic in a programme featuring Webern, Berg and Bruckner’s Symphony No.6 (10 June) and then continues his Brahms cycle tour with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie with performances in Essen, Wiesbaden and Hamburg (28 June – 9 July). The season concludes with a week of performances at the annual Pärnu Festival in Estonia (11 – 17 July) – the festival which Paavo founded in 2010 in the charming, sea-side resort south of Tallinn. Together with the recently formed Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo will give two concerts trailblazing his way into the summer holidays.


Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

1st July 2016

Wiesbaden, Kurhaus

BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op.83 with Igor Levit
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op.68

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

2nd July 2016

Wiesbaden, Kurhaus

BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77 with Isabelle Faust
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op.90

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

8th July 2016

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BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op.93
HAYDN: Cello Concerto in D major, Hob.VIIb:2 (Nr.1) with Alisa Weilerstein
HAYDN: Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb:1 with Alisa Weilerstein
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op.21

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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 sixth year the Festival runs from 11 – 17 July 2016 and, alongside masterclasses and chamber music concerts, Paavo conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra in two concerts featuring soloists Victoria Mullova (14 July) and Matthias Goerne (17 July).  Arvo Pärt’s complete catalogue of  “Songs from Childhood” will be performed by local children from Pärnu with newly created instrumental arrangements of songs that previously only existed as piano reductions or scores for film, and Neeme and Kristjan Järvi take to the stage with participants of this year’s Järvi Conducting Academy.

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“Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3 “unfolded naturally, with Jarvi keeping a weather eye on momentum, and allowing that glorious waltz tune near the end of the first movement to emerge triumphantly. The Andante was rendered sympathetically, its cloudless tranquillity beautifully evoked by smooth horns and warm-toned strings.”   []

“Echoing the symphony’s soubriquet, Järvi’s gestures were themselves expansive – he is a conductor who makes full use of the space around him – and the orchestra responded perfectly, presenting wonderful warm string passages, enchantingly twittering woodwind birdsong, and powerful brass counterpoint”   [Music OMH]

“Too often Má vlast‘s six-tone poems have been served up as slabs of a national monument … This year Estonian Paavo Järvi gave the Czech Philharmonic a refresher course, and it was one of the most electrifying and ravishingly beautiful concerts I’ve ever heard.”   [David Nice, The Arts Desk]

“Ma Vlast” presented at the opening concert of the Prague Spring and on the podium before the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was Paavo Järvi. In the Smetana Hall and with Smetana’s music there was something new. It was both innovative and traditional, interesting and satisfactory. Rich and, most importantly, without any sense of routine .. The Philharmonic played extremely cultivated and sophisticatedly, repeatedly and willingly going into great expressive intensity. “My Vlast” sounded as beautiful music, without excessive pathos, with clear contours and soft tones …”   []

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October 2015 saw Paavo Järvi conduct his first concerts as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, returning to Tokyo in December 2015 for their annual Beethoven Symphony No.9 concerts celebrating the New Year. The next few seasons will see a Richard Strauss focus and Sony Japan will release the first in a series of recordings commencing with Ein Heldenleben and Don Juan. In Spring 2017, Järvi will bring the NHK Symphony Orchestra to Europe for a series of high-profile concerts celebrating the orchestra’s 90th birthday.

2015/16 also marks Järvi’s final season as Music Director of Orchestre de Paris with an autumn tour which took them to Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Brussels and a new Erato recording of symphonic works by Rachmaninov. Highlighting the opening of this final season was a weekend of concerts dedicated to the 80th birthday of Arvo Pärt, which also featured the world premiere of fellow Estonian composer, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Sow the Wind.

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