NEWS

START OF A GOLDEN AGE FOR TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH

“Officially, Paavo Järvi’s tenure as Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich will not commence in less than a year” wrote the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. “But Järvi is already guesting in Zurich in the season 2018/19 with four programs, giving a foretaste of what he hopes to achieve in the future. That’s why the Estonian conductor’s first appearance last wednesday was eagerly awaited, […]

OPUS KLASSIK AWARD FOR BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO.2 & OVERTURES

Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s first recording in their complete Brahms Symphony cycle has won Germany’s Opus Klassik Award in the category “Symphonic Recording of the Year (music of the 19th century)”. The Opus Klassik Award is the new award for classical music in Germany (succeeding the former ECHO-Klassik) and the winning discs are selected by a jury of Germany recording industry experts. […]

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THE ESTONIAN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA DEBUTS TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM AT BBC PROMS & ELBPHILHARMONIE

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On 13 August – immediately following this year’s Pärnu Music Festival where “unanticipated miracles happen every summer in the quiet paradise of Estonia’s seaside capital” (theartsdesk.com) and “a tranquil bathing place is making a world career” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) – Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra travelled to London to make history with the ensemble’s debut at the BBC Proms. […]

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PAAVO JÄRVI CONDUCTS THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC “EUROPAKONZERT” ON 1ST MAY FROM BAYREUTH

Paavo Järvi has been invited to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic on 1st May for its prestigious European Concert which this year takes place in the newly reopened Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The event, which has been celebrated annually since 1991, is an important one in the orchestra’s calendar and is broadcast live on both the Berlin Philharmonic’s […]

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PAAVO JÄRVI AND THE ESTONIAN FESTIVAL MAKE HISTORICAL PROMS DEBUT

On 13 August – immediately following this year’s Pärnu Music Festival – Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra will travel to London for its Proms debut. Not only will this performance be an important debut for the Estonian Festival Orchestra but it also marks the first occasion that an Estonian Orchestra has ever performed at the Proms and will be broadcast on both BBC […]

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CONCERT SEASON

2018 celebrates the 100th anniversary of Estonian Independence and to mark the occasion Paavo Järvi is taking the Estonian Festival Orchestra on its first major European tour in January with concerts in Tallinn, Brussels, Zurich, Cologne, Berlin, Vienna and Luxembourg, together with soloist, Viktoria Mullova. The orchestra’s debut recording is released simultaneous to the tour on Alpha Classics featuring Shostakovich Symphony No.6 and Sinfonietta, both recorded at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia. Other highlights for the start of the year include three performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the UK dedicated to the music of Dvořák and a return to the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo in February for programmes ranging from Takemitsu to Bernstein. In March Paavo Järvi reunites with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for two concerts with a focus on Schubert at the Musikverein in Vienna, followed by two performances in Paris with a focus on Brahms. On 10 April Paavo Järvi and DKAM will bring Brahms back “home” to Bremen, with a performance of the Requiem at the Bremer Dom on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of its premiere – conducted by Brahms himself in the very same Bremen church.

NEXT CONCERTS:

Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

15th December 2018

Hyogo Performing Arts Theater, Nishinomiya

MOZART: Overture to Don Giovanni
MOZART: Violin Concerto No.5 in A major (with Hillary Hahn)
SCHUBERT: Symphony No.9 (The Great)

Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

16th December 2018

Medikit Arts Center, Miyazaki

MOZART: Overture to Don Giovanni
MOZART: Violin Concerto No.5 in A major (with Hillary Hahn)
SCHUBERT: Symphony No.9 (The Great)

Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

18th December 2018

Daegu Concert House

MOZART: Overture to Don Giovanni
MOZART: Violin Concerto No.5 in A major (with Hillary Hahn)
SCHUBERT: Symphony No.9 (The Great)

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PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

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 eighth year the 2018 festival, which runs from 5-11 August, is dedicated to the country’s 100th Anniversary of Independence and will feature an Estonian composition in each concert. The Estonian Festival Orchestra reunites for two performances with Paavo Järvi, featuring the world premiere of a new work by Jüri Reinvere (8 August) and Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No.3 (11 August).  Neeme Järvi will take to the stage with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi conducts the Academy Youth Orchestra.

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CONDUCTING ACADEMY

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

 

PRESS

BERLIN PHILHARMONIC, OCTOBER 2018

Järvi betreibt die Mechanisierung der Musik (Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra), lässt die Philharmoniker aber auch zum Maschinensturm blasen und rettet das menschliche Maß, indem er dessen heillose Gefährdung offenlegt. So kantig und diszipliniert Järvi den Orchesterapparat mitunter befehligt, mit unter Hochspannung zuckenden Gliedern, es sind dann doch die losen Enden zum Schluss des Eröffnungssatzes, die einen besonders bewegen. Diese versprengten, hastig zusammengefegten letzten Reste von Harmonie und Intimität.

Nach der Pause geht Järvi die 2. Sinfonie von Johannes Brahms im Geiste Lutoslawskis an. Schon das eröffnende Kontrabass-Motiv, die schwankende kleine Sekunde, evoziert Lutoslawskis Passacaglia-Thema. Sie ist eben keine Begleitfloskel, sondern ein Menetekel. Von wegen wegen heiter-behaglicher Brahms: Järvi kehrt die verdüsternden Störmanöver hervor und wählt langsame Tempi, sodass Brahms’ charakteristische Duolen-Triolen-Rhythmik erst recht zur Zähflüssigkeit beiträgt. Es rumort – unentwegt … Schön zu sehen, wie einmütig die Philharmoniker mit Järvi musizieren, mit welcher Leidenschaft allein die Konzertmeister Daishin Kashimoto und Noah Bendix-Balgley die Köpfe zusammenstecken.
Der Tagesspiegel, Christiane Peitz, 19 October 2018

 

TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZURICH, OCTOBER 2018

Das Publikum strömte zu dem Konzert, mit dem Paavo Järvi, der künftige Chefdirigent des Tonhalle-Orchesters, quasi seinen Einstand gab – und die Zeichen für die Zukunft stehen gut. Järvi erwies sich als sensibler Koordinator und souveräner Gestalter.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Thomas Schacher, 11 October 2018

Und nun ist sie da, die frische Brise. Sehr frisch wirkt sie, und sie durchzieht das Orchester von A bis Z – bis hin in die Administration, wie aus deren Reihen zu vernehmen war. Ohne Scheu packt Järvi den Stier bei den Hörnern. Zielt er auf das Erbe, das David Zinman hinterlassen hat. Und zeigt er, wie es auch anders gehen kann – bei Gustav Mahler und bei Ludwig van Beethoven. Womit er den Wesenskern des musikalischen Kunstwerks herausstellt. Das nur existiert, wenn es immer und immer wieder gespielt und damit ins klingende Leben versetzt wird. Und das so einem kontinuierlichen Transformationsprozess unterworfen ist.

Wer die Gesamtaufnahme der Sinfonien Beethovens kennt, die Järvi mit der von ihm geleiteten Kammerphilharmonie Bremen erarbeitet hat, wird sich leicht ausmalen können, dass Beethoven mit dem Tonhalle-Orchester und Järvi etwas ganz anders sein wird als Beethoven mit dem Tonhalle-Orchester und Zinman. Dass das auch für Mahler gilt, war jetzt am Beispiel von dessen fünfter Sinfonie zu erleben – höchst eindrücklich war das. Auffallend zunächst die Spielfreude: die Lust, Musik zu machen und genau diese Musik zu machen. Mit kräftigem Körpereinsatz ging Paavo Järvi dem Orchester voran, die Musikerinnen und Musiker wiederum reagierten mit höchster Aufmerksamkeit, letztem Engagement und glänzender Leistung – im Einzelnen wie im Gesamten.
Peterhagmann.com, 11 October 2018

… This was the first of Järvi’s concerts before his official start; however, it virtually felt like the start of his tenure. If this was the first day of his honeymoon with the orchestra, then married life will look rosy, if the cheering after the Mahler symphony was anything to go by … Järvi’s conducting of the Mahler was vigorous, one could even say virile, but without show; he picked up on many nuances to highlight the pathos and anxieties in the work, from anguished shrieks in the woodwind to the blare of the brass … The performance – and the orchestra’s playing – was, in a word, sensational.  At the end of the symphony, large sections of the audience (a full house) erupted; the orchestra seemed stunned. Järvi beamed. He could sense he too had made a wise choice … a Golden Age beckons.
Seen and Heard International, John Rhodes,12 October

The famous Adagietto wove the richest possible orchestral tapestry, and highlighted both a celestial harp and the slightly restrained pacing that fills the listener with the thrill of anticipation … Järvi’s repeated sweep of his palm over his pate showed the Mahler as a truly vigorous athletic workout for any conductor. But the Estonian’s command of the huge configuration was superb, and his rapport with the group seemed as amenable as it was supportive. Expectations are always great on the occasion of a conductor’s new posting, as well they should be. The Zurich public and the Tonhalle’s audience look forward to the Järvi era.

Bachtrack.com, Sarah Batschelet, 11 October 2018
Die Spannung konnte man förmlich greifen: Paavo Järvi trat nach seiner Wahl zum designierten Chefdirigenten auf die Saison 2019/20 erstmals wieder mit dem Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich auf. Mit Mahlers „Fünfter“ entzündete er im ausverkauften Saal grosse Begeisterung.

Aargauer Zeitung, Sibylle Ehrismann, 12 October 2018

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RECORDINGS

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BIOGRAPHY

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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