“Radiant modesty” – Live Broadcast with the Berlin Philharmonic on 12 Oct 2019, 19:00 (CET)

The New York Times attests that the violinist Janine Jansen has “a kind of radiant modesty”, and indeed: even in moments of utmost virtuosity, her performances captivate with introspection and substance. This ability is particularly well demonstrated in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, which, despite its fast yet expressive tempos, is always interspersed with subtle nuances. To bring the concert to a close, Paavo Järvi conducts Robert […]

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The Brahms interpretations of Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen have been receiving the highest public and critical acclaim. “A Brahms revelation“ was the headline in The New Yorker, for DIE ZEIT it’s „a reference recording“ and the Hamburger Abendblatt wrote “the greatest experts on Brahms come from Bremen“. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen perform Brahms nowadays exactly to the size that the composer himself […]

Paavo Järvi makes his début as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich on 2 October

Next Wednesday, the Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi will be officially taking office as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich  (TOZ). In his suitcase, he will be bringing sounds from the far North and an ambitious objective: “I intend to position the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich among the world’s best orchestras.  Ever since our first encounter I have felt a very strong chemistry and was overwhelmed by the commitment […]

Olivier Messiaen – first CD release

Paavo Järvi’s initial appearances with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich were enthusiastically received and bear witness to a promising, successful partnership. The first recorded testimony of this is a CD featuring both early and late orchestral works by Olivier Messiaen, that is released by Alpha Classics to coincide with next week’s inaugural concerts. “The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich is now entering an important new chapter in its recording history,” says Artistic […]


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.

On announcing the award Opus […]

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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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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.


Philharmonie Luxembourg

18th October 2019

STRAUSS: Josephs Legende. Symphonisches Fragment
BRUCKNER: Symphony No.8
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Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

25th October 2019

Tonhalle Maag

TCHAIKOVSKY: Francesca da Rimini
COPLAND: Clarinet Concerto
with Martin Fröst
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.4
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Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

26th October 2019

Tonhalle Maag

TCHAIKOVSKY: Francesca da Rimini
COPLAND: Clarinet Concerto
with Martin Fröst
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.4
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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




“Mit ruhigen, inspirierenden Bewegungen und auf nötige Impulse reduzierter Gestik erwies sich der nunmehr elfte Dirigent des traditionsreichen Züricher Klangkörpers als souveräner Koordinator.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Werner M. Grimmel, 7 October 2019

“Fazit des Antrittskonzerts: Järvis Einstand ist vollauf gelungen, das Tonhalle-Orchester trägt ihn sprichwörtlich auf Händen, und die Tore für die im Verlauf der Saison angekündigten Kompositionen aus Ost- und Nordeuropa sind weit geöffnet.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Thomas Schacher, 3 October 2019

“This was the first time the orchestra had played Kullervo and they clearly enjoyed it. They were also visibly proud of their new catch on the podium: Järvi swayed elegantly with the music, his beat easy to follow, with clear signals to soloists, principals and chorus. The orchestra and the people of Zurich can now surely look forward to many seasons of exciting music making of the highest quality.”
Seen and Heard International, John Rhodes, 5 October 2019

“Järvi’s focus may have been less on the glam or explosive effects, and more on the skill and carriage of the musicians’ achievements with the monumental score. And that, at very start of his tenure in Zurich, is a promising sign.”, Sarah Batschelet, 4 October 2019

“Järvi spitzte zu, justierte die Balance, lockte Orchestersolisten aus der Reserve, rundete den Gesamtklang, kurz: Er sorgte dafür, dass diese Tonhalle-Erstaufführung minutenlangen Applaus verdiente.”
Tages-Anzeiger, Susanne Kübler, 3 October 2019

“A musician who’s lived all his life with the sound and engine of Sibelius’s music, he (Järvi) set the pulse and temperature early on. The strings possessed a rich, dark patina, digging deep in the third movement, their pizzicato accord penetrating and warm; the woodwinds excelled, … the brass glowed and rasped … the attack, precision and detail was remarkable, the swells and cadences rattled home with the touch and drama of a complete master at the helm.”, Ateş Orga, 3 October 2019

“Järvis rasant individuelle Rhetorik, das instrumentale Können des Orchesters, das gemeinsame Wollen, das von traumsicherer Übereinstimmung mit dem Chefdirigenten kündet – man kann solches durchaus als gute Vorboten für die Zürcher Partnerschaft deuten.”
Die Welt, Manuel Brug, 3 October 2019

“Järvi lässt bei seinem Einstand das Orchester einmal mehr über sich hinauswachsen, spornt es zu einer Höchstleistung an, wie es ihm schon bei früheren Gastdirigaten gelungen ist.”
SRF, Moritz Weber, 3 October 2019


“The orchestra is making international waves – including an impressive debut at the BBC Proms last summer – but to hear them on their own turf in front of its adoring home audience gave the perfect introduction to this festival’s ethos.”, Mark Pullinger, 19 July 2019

“Here there are no egos, but truly passionate people in making and listening to the best music.”
El Pais, Pablo Rodriguez, 23 July 2019

“Above all there is the Estonian Festival Orchestra, the backbone of this music week and which has long proved itself internationally on tour! The latest, great baby of the great educator Paavo Järvi … And year after year you can see and hear the artists evolve, open up, listen to each other.”
Brugs Klassiker, Manuel Brug, 19 July 2019

“Paavo Järvi brings together his Estonian Festival Orchestra which he composes ad hoc, of handpicked musicians. Immediately sensitive, the complicity between instrumentalist and conductor allowed a remarkable economy of rehearsals and injected the concert with a truly breathtaking energy and virtuosity.”
Diapason, Paul de Louit, 7 August 2019

“Some journalists have compared the EFO to the Lucerne ensemble founded by Claudio Abbado … Measured by musicality, interpretive skills, technique, respect for each other and a warm relationship with the conductor, this must surely be true.”
Harmonie Magazine, Alena Sojková, 13 September 2019

“… The tour de force came after the interval, with Paavo Jarvi’s irresistibly driven interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony … the finale’s high-kicking variations virtually lifted us out of our seats. No more exciting official ending to a festival could possibly be imagined … this is definitely one of the world’s great orchestras, and it’s here to stay., David Nice, 14 August 2019

“The orchestra literally bites into the most beautiful horn soli and swaying folklore, jagged marching rhythms and to the finale into the Great Gate of Kiev, which also curves and opens up to the soundscapes of a Tchaikovsky exhibition. Paavo Järvi has the best handle on this, drives, holds back. It may also be glaring, but the matted harmony of the ensemble is always to be felt. This eventually explodes in an apotheosis of the sheet metal, Tchaikovsky orgasm pure.”
Brugs Klassiker, Manuel Brug, 22 July 2019


“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

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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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