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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.

On announcing the prize the […]


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.”

The Tages Anzeiger agreed. commenting […]


Paavo Järvi has stepped in at the last minute to replace Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla for three concerts with the New York Philharmonic on 3, 4 and 5 January. The programme features Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with soloist Gautier Capuçon, Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island, and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2

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Highlights of the first few months of 2019 include performances with the New York Philharmonic (3, 4, 5 January), Orchestre de Paris (23, 24 January), Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig (14, 15 March), Statskapelle Berlin (25, 26 March), NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (16, 17 18 May) and Berlin Philharmonic (23, 24, 25 May). In the months prior to his first season as Music Director to Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi conducts two programmes with the orchestra at home in Tonhalle Mag – Mozart, Beethoven and Messiaen (16, 17, 18 Janaury), Beethoven and Messiaen (10, 11 & 14 April). He also performs regularly with the London Philharmonia this year both at home in London (3 February and 11 May) and on tour to Munich, Cologne, Hamburg and Paris.


Berliner Philharmoniker

23rd May 2019

Philharmonie Berlin

BACH arr. WEBERN: Ricercare
BERG: Sieben frühe Lieder with Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
BRUCKNER: Symphony No.2
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Berliner Philharmoniker

24th May 2019

Philharmonie Berlin

BACH arr. WEBERN: Ricercare
BERG: Sieben frühe Lieder with Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
BRUCKNER: Symphony No.2
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Berliner Philharmoniker

25th May 2019

Philharmonie Berlin

BACH arr. WEBERN: Ricercare
BERG: Sieben frühe Lieder with Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
BRUCKNER: Symphony No.2
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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. Now in its ninth year the 2019 festival runs from 15 – 21 July and features two concerts with the internationally acclaimed Estonian Festival Orchestra. Programme details will be unveiled shortly.

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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




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


In his Sibelius cycle with the outstanding Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi comes close to surrealistic musical paintings. For the listener it’s a totally new and unexpected, highly expressive encounter with the Finnish composer. At the end there is no doubt: this is one of the best ever set of Sibelius’s complete symphonies.
Pizzicato,Remy Franck, 4 March 2019

these incendiary performances set the Finnish composer’s notoriously chilly symphonies ablaze. Even the brooding Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 63, once described as “a lost soul in search of a final home,” thaws at the warmth of Järvi’s light touch and keen insight.
WQXR, Zev Kane, 28 February 2019

 “These are extremely well-interpreted interpretations … I advise all Sibelius lovers to listen to these stimulating interpretations. The one who listened to Paavo Järvi’s complete Nielsen cycle (which came out recently) knows about the conductor’s sense of Nordic music, but he actually succeeds even better with Sibelius.
Capriccio, Anders Wikström, 28 February 2019

“These are very strong recordings … vividly clarified performances that really sieze on the unconventional and originality in Sibelius’ musical thinking … Järvi and the players are really good at highlighting the freshness of the thinking and bringing it to life as though the ink is still wet. There are all sorts of instrumental details that I’ve heard in other performances that are underplayed, perhaps disregarded or not seen as very important, but here they are brought into very considerable focus and I think that adds to the quality of everything. And then there’s the amazing delicacy with which everything is carried out here.”
BBC Record Review, 22 February 2019

“Der Beginn der sechsten Sinfonie von Jean Sibelius. Sphärische Streicherklänge, wie eine Himmelsvision, vom Orchestre de Paris unter Leitung von Paavo Järvi schwebend gespielt. Keine Spur von der Düsternis, die man der Musik von Sibelius ja gern als Dauerzustand unterstellt. Es gehört zu den Vorteilen einer Gesamtaufnahme, dass sie ein differenziertes Gesamtbild ermöglicht. Paavo Järvi nutzt diese Gelegenheit, um mit dem Orchestre de Paris seine ganz eigene Sicht auf das sinfonische Schaffen von Jean Sibelius zu vermitteln. Sie weicht von vielen gängigen Klischees in Bezug auf den Komponisten ab und offenbart eine Frische, wie man sie in anderen Interpretationen vermisst.”
Deutschlandfunk, Marcus Stäbler, 3 February 2019

From the clarinet solo that opens No 1 to the unforgettable C major scale launching No 7, intensity and idiomatic intelligence abound. No 7 is magnificent, and aptly follows No 6 (they’re related) in this achronological sequence. The mutation of No 5’s first movement into a scherzo is effortless.
The Sunday Times, Paul Driver, 3 February 2019

“Paavo Järvi dirige Sibelius, l’intégrale définitive? Le tandem Paavo Järvi / Orchestre de Paris montre ici l’accomplissement que fut le mandat du chef estonien, certainement le plus marquant qualitativement de l’histoire de l’orchestre … Loin d’un Sibelius supra-esthétique ou volontairement sur- intellectualisé (comprendre comme Herbert von Karajan, Colin Davis, Osmo Vänskä ou Kurt Sanderling), le Sibelius de Paavo Järvi allie la force de la tension dramatique à la maîtrise de la puissance orchestrale.”, Jean Pierre Tribot, 31 January 2019

“Nur selten ist der Facettenreichtum der Sinfonien so fein nuanciert zu erleben wie hier, mit einem Spektrum von feurigem Temperament bis zu inniger Zärtlichkeit .. Eine Musik, die süchtig machen kann. Paavo Järvi begeistert mit einem frischen Blick auf Sibelius und demonstriert dabei das exzellente Niveau des Orchestre de Paris.”
NDR Radio, Marcus Stäbler, 31 January 2019

“… L’éclat lumineux et les élans orchestraux irrésistibles caractérisent final de la Symphonie n° 2 tandis que la suivante, engagée et entraînante, dévoile des traits rarement entendus dans les autres gravures. La plus célèbre du cycle, portant le numéro 5, inspire autant le chef que les pupitres de l’Orchestre de Paris au meilleur de leur forme … La clarté et la douceur, discrètement minées par une sourde menace, de la trouvent parfaitement rendues par les protagonistes. Le septième et dernier volet de ce corpus, véhicule de tant de nouveautés et de profondeur, inspire l’orchestre et son chef et figure en bonne place dans la compétition Symphonie n° 6 se internationale.”
Resmusica, Jean-Luc Caron, 17 February 2019

“Cette lecture transparente et granitique des partitions, superbement enregistrée par les équipes techniques de Radio Classique, traduit bien le rapport symbiotique qui liait l’inspiration du compositeur aux vastes espaces naturels de son pays natal.”
Radio Classique, 21 January 2019

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The Estonian conductor and Grammy Award winner Paavo Järvi is widely recognised as the musicians’ musician. On his farewell tour with the Orchestre de Paris, of which he was Music Director for six years, the Wiener Zeitung wrote: ​“One rarely experiences such an immediate connection between orchestra and conductor, such an extraordinarily attentive presence on both sides so that with economical means an understanding of the most subtle shades is possible.”

Paavo Järvi’s close association with orchestras is evident through his long standing relationship with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen of which he has been Artistic Director since 2004. This autumn he opens his fourth season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra and in Autumn 2019 he starts his first season as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He is also Conductor Laureate of Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Music Director Laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

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