Paavo Järvi has been named Conductor of the Year by Germany’s leading classical music awards, Opus Klassik, for his recording of the complete Sibelius Symphonies with the Orchestre de Paris. The award ceremony, which takes place at the Berlin Konzerthaus on Sunday 13 October, will be broadcast nationally on ZDF and promoted on the leading streaming service for classical music, Idagio.

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Paavo Järvi returns to Berlin this week to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in 3 concerts (23, 24 and 25 May) with a programme of Bach, Berg and Bruckner.

The sold-out concert on 25 May will be broadcast live on the Digital Concert Hall platform.  Meanwhile 5 previous performances that Paavo Järvi conducted with the Berlin Philharmonic are now available to watch on the […]

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The Estonian Festival Orchestra has just returned from Japan where they made their debut tour – their fourth tour in less than two years. With sell-out concerts in Hamamatsu, Fukui, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the orchestra was joined on stage by soloist, Midori – who herself made the journey to Estonia last summer to perform with the orchestra at home in Pärnu. And on […]


Paavo Järvi’s first season with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich will be devoted to his Nordic roots. Estonia, Russia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden are the countries which will be the principal musical destinations of the 2019/20 season which opens on 2 October with Sibelius’ Kullervo, featuring guest artists Johanna Rusanen (Soprano) Ville Rusanen (Baritone) and the Estonian National Choir.

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The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi are awarded the Rheingau Music Prize 2019. The award, initiated by the Rheingau Music Festival, will be presented on July 12 on the occasion of Paavo and the orchestra’s concert with Daniel Trifonov at this year’s festival. The prize of € 10,000 will be provided by the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts.

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Paavo Järvi was back in Switzerland this month performing with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung asked “Is This the Same Orchestra? … Because suddenly everything is back: the colors, the transparency, the virtuosity of individual desks, the warmth and emotion with simultaneous brilliance of the sound – in one word: the music.”

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Paavo Järvi is the new Chief Conductor and Music Director of Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich as of the 2019-20 season. Their first performances together were met with a rapturous welcome and look set to signal a promising and fruitful partnership. Together they have recorded a programme dedicated to various orchestral works by Olivier Messiaen, written both early and later in his career.

The Messiaen album is released on 27 September to coincide with Paavo Järvi’s inauguration concert in Zürich on 2 October. The first season will be devoted to Järvi’s Nordic roots and opens with Sibelius’s Kullervo, to be followed by the complete cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies, which Alpha Classics will release in March 2021 to accompany the reopening of the mythical Tonhalle after its extensive renovation and where the orchestra makes its home right on the banks of Lake Zürich.


NHK Symphony Orchestra

25th September 2019

Suntory Hall

TÜÜR: Searching for Roots (Homage à Sibelius)
NIELSEN: Flute Concerto
with Emmanuel Pahud
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NHK Symphony Orchestra

26th September 2019

Suntory Hall

TÜÜR: Searching for Roots (Homage à Sibelius)
NIELSEN: Flute Concerto
with Emmanuel Pahud
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Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

2nd October 2019

Tonhalle Maag

SIBELIUS: Kullervo

Johanna Rusanen, soprano
Ville Rusanen, baritone
Estonian National Male Choir
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
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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. 2020 celebrates the festival’s 10th anniversary and will run from 16 – 23 July. Programme to be announced.

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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




“Jeder Berliner Philharmoniker ist ein begnadeter Solist. Das zeichnet diese Orchesters aus. Einerseits. Andererseits kann es wechselnden Gastdirigenten unter Umständen Kummer bereiten. Aber doch nicht Paavo Järvi, dem vertrauten Freund des Hauses! Er ist angereist, um die Symphonie Nr.2 c-moll von Anton Bruckner zu dirigieren: die mit den vielen Themen, den vielen Generalpausen, die wahrscheinlich ungeliebteste, sicher schwierigste aller Bruckner-Symphonien.”
Der Tagesspiegel, 28 May, Eleonore Büning

“… This is music full of individual character, woodwind curlicues (for flute especially) and church chorales, for example, if with the composer also aware of his Austro-German symphonic lineage, fully appreciated by Järvi in his thrusting, shapely and everything-belongs approach, brought off resplendently and sympathetically by the Berliners, silences as meaningful as sound; and note the different weights applied to the final three chords of the opening movement, a bit stronger each time, timpani aflame, rolling underneath.”, 25 May 2019, Colin Anderson

“Zu Beginn erklang Weberns Bearbeitung von Bachs Ricercare aus dem Musikalischen Opfer … Die absteigende Tonleiter des „königlichen“ Themas fasst Webern als einzelne Sekundmotive auf, die er auf die Instrumente verteilt. Järvi ließ das etwas brav musizieren, und präparierte nicht etwa Seufzerfiguren heraus, was möglich gewesen wäre. Er fasste Weberns Bach-Bearbeitung als ein Mosaik auf und betonte das Punktuelle dieser Partitur.”, 26 May 2019, Sebastian Urmoneit


With Paavo Järvi you get the modern jet-setting conductor who, whatever the repertory, is always responsibly prepared, coaxing orchestras to give of their best. Watching him and the response of his players you get the strongest impression that here is a man one works with, not for. He’s a music-maker first and foremost. A week ago in London he was putting the Philharmonia Orchestra through its paces in Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. On this occasion in Hamburg he was journeying a different emotional road, a late Austrian Habsburg one looking back from Berg to Bruckner, two composers he sees as a particularly intuitive mix.”, Ates Orga, 17 May 2019

“… Das Bruckner-Bild, das Paavo Järvi mit dem NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester malt, ist von konturenklarer Durchsichtigkeit. Der Este bewahrt sich einen kühlen Kopf, er zelebriert nicht, sondern spitzt zu. Seine Exegese der Sinfonie Nr. 2 c-Moll des sehr katholischen Komponisten ist von nachgerade protestantischer Strenge. Die Tempi nimmt der Noch-Chef der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen und designierte Music Director des Tonhalle-Orchesters Zürich dementsprechend forsch und straff. Sein Zugriff der neuen Sachlichkeit in Bruckner-Fragen sorgt für durchweg gute Innenspannung und Dichte.”
Die Welt, Peter Krause, 18 May 2019

“Nach der Pause gelingt Paavo Järvi eine unglaublich transparente, ungekünstelte fragile Interpretation der zweiten Symphonie c moll von Anton Bruckner … Paavo Järvi und das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester finden an diesem Abend die richtige Klangsprache, ziehen die Zuhörer geradezu in die Klangwelt Bruckners hinein und lassen diese im vollen Klang eingebettet.”, Helmut Pitsch, 19 May 2019

Järvi immediately pointed up the many structural features, already present in embryonic form in this C minor symphony (Bruckner), which later came to typify this composer’s instantly recognisable style. There was that yearning motif rising from the mists at the start … There was also a lightness of step and quickening of the spirit derived from gazing at the openness of the landscape, with hints of folksy merry-making heard from afar. It all sounded very close to the lyrical freshness which Bruckner’s contemporary Dvořák brings to his own early symphonies., Alexander Hall, 17 May 2019


“Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi led the Philharmonia Orchestra in a diverse programme spanning nearly a century of music. Opening with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, the orchestra played with solemn pathos, the searing silences in between the opening chords pregnant with anticipation. A measured and nuanced performance set the mood for the rest of the evening: one of genuine, idiomatic music-making.
Bachtrack.comVishnu Bachani. 14 May 2019

“This ‘Pathétique’ emphasised beauty of tone and ensemble … Järvi went for a segue reading, effectively turning the work into a fantasia in four tableaux, further subdivided. It made for a powerful, theatrical re-focussing of familiar landmarks, their unconventionality primed in provocative, almost operatic light …
Classicalsource.comAtes Orga, 12 May 2019

“Mullova and Järvi together drove the closing movement (of the Sibelius violin concerto)  into a whirlwind ride, always beautifully controlled and never without a sense of Nordic cool behind the full-throttle interactions of violin and orchestra. Both conductor and soloist inhabit this music with an exhilarating inwardness: a marriage made in a pine-dark, lake-fringed heaven., Boyd Tonkin, 13 May 2019

“Drame encore après la pause. Paavo Järvi persiste et signe en offrant au public de l’avenue Montaigne une interprétation originale, et aujourd’hui assez inhabituelle, de la Symphonie n° 6 de Tchaïkovski dont il propose une vision quasi expressionniste, dramatique et rugueuse, comme taillée à la serpe qui n’est pas sans rappeler le grand Mvravinski …  L’Adagio lamentoso justifie à lui seul le nom de la symphonie, pathétique, déchirant, résigné et douloureux, conclu par un grave et saisissant choral de cuivres… suivi de longues minutes de silence, signe des grandes interprétations.”, Patrice Imbaud, 17 May 2019

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Estonian Grammy Award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi is widely recognised as the musicians’ musician, enjoying close partnerships with the finest orchestras around the world. He serves as Chief Conductor of the Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich and the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Estonian Festival Orchestra, of which he is also Founder. He is Conductor Laureate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Music Director Laureate of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Advisor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

In October 2019, Järvi officially begins his tenure as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, following a season as conductor designate. With a focus on his Nordic roots, he opens the season with Sibelius’ Kullervo and invites Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür as Creative Chair. Throughout the year Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich also perform and record the complete cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies, for release in 2021.

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