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 […]


Paavo Järvi’s recording of the Elgar and Walton cello concertos with Steven Isserlis and the Philharmonia has been chosen as Gramophone’s Recording of the Month by Gramophone Magazine.

“… With his immaculate technical address and ravishingly songful, mellow tone, (Steven) Isserlis strikes precisely the right balance between classical strength and private introspection, his contribution as full of radiant spontaneity and tumbling fantasy as one could wish.

“He […]


“Järvi represents the role of a sovereign trustee for the art of Carl Nielsen in this symphonic cosmos” writes Der Opernfreund’s in its review of Paavo Järvi’s new Nielsen cycle with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra . Four years in the making and released at the close of the 150th anniversary of Nielsen’s birth, further reviews from Germany follow suit in their praise:

“Paavo Järvi has […]


Deutschlandradio Kultur has chosen the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as “Orchestra of the year” citing it as “one of the world’s leading orchestras. Since 2004 its Artistic Director has been the Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi. Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen have had actively widely acclaimed successes with, among other things, their Beethoven project which has included worldwide tours, CD and DVD recordings. Currently, the orchestra […]


Paavo Järvi’s recording of the Prokofiev and Shostakovich cello concertos with Steven Isserlis and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra has been nominated in the concerto category for the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards:

“Out of over 1,200 recordings reviewed in the magazine during 2015, 21 have been deemed the very finest by our specially assembled jury of critics and magazine editorial staff … Now we […]


“A bumper review this week” writes “Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi’s complete Nielsen symphonies with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, released to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Listening to these has been a mammoth task, but by no means an arduous one … I can’t think of a better navigator than Paavo Järvi to guide the ear through Nielsen’s changing […]

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As the 2015 / 16 concert season draws to an end so does Paavo’s Järvi final year as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris. Prior to the final gala concert in Paris on 18 June when Paavo will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No.3, he joins the orchestra on a tour of Switzerland with concerts in Geneva, Zurich, Lucerne and Bern (27 – 30 May). In June Paavo returns to Germany to conduct the Munich Philharmonic in a programme featuring Webern, Berg and Bruckner’s Symphony No.6 (10 June) and then continues his Brahms cycle tour with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie with performances in Essen, Wiesbaden and Hamburg (28 June – 9 July). The season concludes with a week of performances at the annual Pärnu Festival in Estonia (11 – 17 July) – the festival which Paavo founded in 2010 in the charming, sea-side resort south of Tallinn. Together with the recently formed Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo will give two concerts trailblazing his way into the summer holidays.


Orchestre de Paris

28th May 2016

Buy ticketsTonhalle Zürich

DUBUGNON: Caprice for Orchestra No.2 Op.72
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 with Khatia Buniatishvili
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.54

Orchestre de Paris

29th May 2016

Buy ticketsLucerne, KKL

DUBUGNON: Caprice for Orchestra No.2 Op.72
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 with Khatia Buniatishvili
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.54

Orchestre de Paris

30th May 2016

Buy ticketsBern, Kultur Casino

DUBUGNON: Caprice for Orchestra No.2 Op.72
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 with Khatia Buniatishvili
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.54

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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 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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“A few years ago The Beethoven cycle hit us like a meteorite: so new, fresh, dramatic, so thoroughly consistent and rhetorically convincing that one could hardly have imagined the symphonies performed otherwise. Following Beethoven and Schumann cycles, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and their chief conductor Paavo Järvi now move their focus to the weightiest of Germans … Everything is alive with this ensemble, both fresh and free  … Transparency instead of foggy pathos”   Der Standard

“Chief Conductor Järvi allowed the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen to shine in Brahms’ first Symphony after the interval … with great ease and good balance. It is a fine and dignified orchestra with a deep string sound which in the Andante seemed to purr like a contented cat.”   NRC Handelsblad

“The bond between Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is inseparable … From the outset, communication between musicians and maestro ran like clockwork …  allowing you to feel a vitality and enthusiasm that many professional orchestras can only dream of … Seldom do you experience an orchestra where there is so much eye contact and laughter. Such enjoyment was clear from the outset of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s performance of Brahms’ Symphony No.3 … the freedom with which this orchestra played music is quite unique.”   Die Welt

“When Järvi appeared as a guest conductor with his Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie recently he maintained the efficient upper hand as leader. With the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen however there is no music director, simply fellow musicians, and the energy currents flow and intensify with each moment. Weariness is not something that this cohesive ensemble know about. They are driven only by their desire to raise our perception of Brahms. And this is what the Bremen musicians precisely achieved in this blazing evening.”   Der Tagesspiegel

“It’s Paavo Järvi’s last season as chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris and on Saturday they performed together at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Taking this performance as a yardstick, these five years together must have been a very fruitful collaboration: 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.”   Wiener Zeitung

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October 2015 saw Paavo Järvi conduct his first concerts as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, returning to Tokyo in December 2015 for their annual Beethoven Symphony No.9 concerts celebrating the New Year. The next few seasons will see a Richard Strauss focus and Sony Japan will release the first in a series of recordings commencing with Ein Heldenleben and Don Juan. In Spring 2017, Järvi will bring the NHK Symphony Orchestra to Europe for a series of high-profile concerts celebrating the orchestra’s 90th birthday.

2015/16 also marks Järvi’s final season as Music Director of Orchestre de Paris with an autumn tour which took them to Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Brussels and a new Erato recording of symphonic works by Rachmaninov. Highlighting the opening of this final season was a weekend of concerts dedicated to the 80th birthday of Arvo Pärt, which also featured the world premiere of fellow Estonian composer, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Sow the Wind.

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