NEWS

PAAVO JÄRVI AND THE MOSTLY MOZART ORCHESTRA: ‘MAGNIFICENT … IN EVERY WAY’

Following last week’s performance at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Huffington Post must have written what is every artist’s dream review:

“At the close of Friday night’s Mostly Mozart concert in Geffen Hall, Paavo Järvi and the Festival Orchestra brought down the house with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony—and how many times do you get to say that of anyone these days? You […]

THEARTSDESK AT THE PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016

theartsdesk.com: Where would you go to hear the most electrifying and collegial orchestral playing in the world? It used to be Lucerne while Claudio Abbado was alive. Now that the Lucerne Festival Orchestra has become like any classy superband, the answer is Pärnu in the south of Estonia.

It’s a modest town of nearly 40,000 inhabitants, but its numbers treble in the summer, with […]

EURONEWS TV SPECIAL FROM THE PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

WATCH: PAAVO JÄRVI – ESTONIA’S “LUCKY MAN”  &  MASTER CLASS AT THE JÄRVI ACADEMY

“Being by the shores of the Baltic Sea is special in itself … Such delights are brought together each summer in Pärnu, Estonia’s cultural capital. Thanks to its music festival created in 2010 by its famous conductor Paavo Järvi together with his family; different generations united by the same passion. […]

“THE ESTONIANS MOVE WESTWARDS”

Reviewing the Pärnu Music Festival which ended with standing ovations on Sunday night,  the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes today “With the Pärnu Music Festival Paavo Järvi creates competiton for Europe and, from 2017, he will start to export a part of it. This is bound to cause a stir on the European festival scene.”

The festival, which Paavo Järvi created six years ago in […]

PARIS FAREWELLS

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 […]

FROM PRAGUE TO LONDON & SMETANA TO NIELSEN

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 […]

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CONCERT SEASON

As the 2016 / 17 kicks off Paavo Järvi reunites with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo for the start of his second season as Chief Conductor, celebrating the orchestra’s 90th anniversary with concerts at home in Japan and on tour in Europe next Spring.  Together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen Järvi prepares for their first CD release in the Brahms Symphony cycle and continues to put Brahms as the focus in concert.  Further highlights of this autumn include a performance with the Staatskapelle Berlin featuring Beethoven and Shostakovich and the return to London for his acclaimed Nielsen Symphony cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

NEXT CONCERTS:

NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

30th September 2016

NHK Hall

PROKOFIEV: Concerto for Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.16 with Denis Matsuev
RACHMANINOV: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44
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NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

1st October 2016

NHK Hall

PROKOFIEV: Concerto for Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.16 with Denis Matsuev
RACHMANINOV: Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44
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NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

6th October 2016

NHK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 90TH ANNIVERSARY & SUNTORY HALL 30TH ANNIVERSARY
Suntory Hall

MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor with Michelle de Young
Tokyo College of Music Chorus, NHK Children Chorus
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PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

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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PRESS

MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL, NEW YORK, AUGUST 2016
At the close of Friday night’s Mostly Mozart concert in Geffen Hall, Paavo Järvi and the Festival Orchestra brought down the house with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony—and how many times do you get to say that of anyone these days? … And let’s not waste words about the performance: it was magnificent in virtually every way. Järvi is musical down to his toes, and watching him work is almost as much fun as hearing the result.   [Christopher JohnsonHuffington Post]

PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016
With the Pärnu Music Festival Paavo Järvi creates competition for Europe … This is highly concentrated music making (from the Estonian Festival Orchestra), all the details are worked out: the ping pong of accents between violins and horns, antiphons between the woodwind groups, targeted focus curves in the second violins. Nothing is sweeping, nothing sleepy and nothing washed away.   [Jan BrachmannFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung]

Pärnu: What many festivals dream of achieving is self-evident here… The central mentors are Neeme and Paavo Järvi, father and son. The Järvi Academy offers conducting masterclasses to students from around the world and the Estonian Festival Orchestra, a new first class ensemble, brings together professional musicians from the whole of Europe and top players from Estonia, creating a musical entity which was received with standing ovations for their performances of Sibelius, Nielsen and Shostakovich: pure astonishment for this extraordinary collective music making … in an atmosphere of fun, openness and curiosity.   [Ursula MagnesKlassik Radio]

Where would you go to hear the most electrifying and collegial orchestral playing in the world? It used to be Lucerne while Claudio Abbado was alive. Now that the Lucerne Festival Orchestra has become like any classy superband, the answer is Pärnu in the south of Estonia. … The jewel in the Pärnu festival crown is the heady mix of top western and Estonian players in what after five years has now become the Estonian Festival Orchestra … I have never, anywhere, heard an orchestral unison that bore through the body like this one at the start (of Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony). Climaxes raised the roof, but precisely; the maverick structure whereby two far from light scherzos follow one long slow movement struck home.   [David NiceThe Arts Desk]

Paavo Järvi is swiftly bringing the Festival Orchestra into great shape, conducting Haydn with eloquent temperament and Shostakovich with burning intensity; the fabulous orchestra is seated on the edge of their seats and spreads infectious enthusiasm … In Pärnu, the special charm of the festival’s musical intoxication is the co-existence of international top-class and young musicians, from the unpretentious approachability of the stars and the enthusiastic echo it creates, which is felt in both the concerts and open rehearsals …”   [Regine MüllerRheinische Post]

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RECORDINGS

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BIOGRAPHY

Paavo Järvi’s second season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra opens on a high when he conducts Mahler’s Symphony No.8 in celebration of the orchestra’s 90th Anniversary. They will also perform Mahler to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Suntory Hall and embark on a major European tour in spring 2017 with performances in Berlin, Luxembourg, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Vienna and Cologne. This season also sees the continuation of a Richard Strauss focus, with two recordings to be released on Sony Japan.

As Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi and the orchestra return to Asia for performances across Taiwan and Japan in autumn 2016. Throughout the season they will continue 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 spring 2017. Other highlights include the opening of the Kissinger Sommer Festival, as part of the orchestra’s residency which begins in 2017.

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GALLERY

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