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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Following the start of his third season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Paavo Järvi travels to the States in October for five performances with the New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes before returning to Asia to conduct the complete Beethoven Symphony cycle in Beijing and Shanghai with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. In November he reunites with both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. New releases this autumn include the first release in a new cycle of Brahms orchestral works with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and two recordings with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra featuring Hindemith and orchestral arrangements of chamber music works by Schoenberg and Webern.


New York Philharmonic

17th October 2017

David Geffen Hall

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No.4 with Leif Ove Andsnes
SIBELIUS: Symphony No.5
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Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

20th October 2017

Cultural Centre,  Macao

BEETHOVEN: Overture to Prometheus
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.1
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.3 (Eroica)
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Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

22nd October 2017

Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.1
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.2
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.3 (Eroica)

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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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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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