Currently in his second season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi brings Japan’s leading ensemble on tour to Europe this Spring as a part of the orchestra’s 90th birthday celebrations with concerts at Berlin Philharmonie (28 February), Luxembourg Philharmonie (1 March), Paris Philharmonie (2 March), Amsterdam Concertgebouw (4 March), London Royal Festival Hall (6 March), Vienna Konzerthaus (7 March) and Köln […]


Applications are now open for the five day conducting course in Tallinn with Paavo Järvi and Arkady Leytush which takes place from 7 – 11 March

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At the 54th RECORD ACADEMY AWARD in Tokyo today, Paavo Järvi was announced as the recipient of two prestigious prizes:  The Complete Nielsen Symphonies recorded with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony was voted “Gand Prix (Silver Prize): Best Symphony Recording” and his second CD release as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra featuring Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote, Till Eulenspiegel & Der Rosenkavalier Suite […]

“PAAVO JÄRVI: MUSICAL AMBASSADOR, CITIZEN OF THE WORLD” interviews Paavo Järvi about his work with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and their upcoming European tour.

“Where is home for Paavo Järvi? The life of an international conductor consists of airports and hotel-hopping and Järvi’s passport is more well-travelled than most. He has just opened his second season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra helping to celebrate the 30th anniversary of […]


Discover Carl Nielsen with Paavo Järvi and Andrew Mellor
“It might be Scandinavian, but his music is altogether hotter, more volatile and certainly more of a rollercoaster ride.”

The Philharmonia Orchestra has produced a fascinating insight into Carl Nielsen’s music, presented by Gramophone writer Andrew Mellor, in conversation with conductor Paavo Järvi. Järvi will be conducting two concerts of Nielsen’s music at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s […]


The NHK Symphony Orchestra has announced today (6 October) that they will extend its contract with Paavo Järvi as Chief Conductor for an additional 3 years, until August 2021.

The NHKSO Chairman, Tamaki Imai commented “Since assuming the position of Chief Conductor in September 2015, Paavo Järvi has been actively presenting concerts with unique programs consisting of not only works by Beethoven, Bruckner and R. Strauss […]

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This Spring Paavo Järvi brings the NHK Symphony Orchestra on tour to Europe, celebrating both his second season as Chief Conductor and the orchestra’s 90th birthday. Further upcoming highlights include performances with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony of which he is Conductor Laureate.  In May Paavo Järvi makes his debut at La Scala in Milan conducting Don Giovanni where he will also lead the La Scala Orchestra in a series of concerts. Together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen he prepares for their first CD release in the Brahms Symphony cycle and continues to put Brahms as the focus in concert.


NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

22nd February 2017

Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall

TAKEMITSU: Requiem for strings
MAHLER: Symphony No.6 (‘Tragic’)

NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

23rd February 2017

Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall

TAKEMITSU: Requiem for strings
MAHLER: Symphony No.6 (‘Tragic’)

NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

28th February 2017

Philharmonie Berlin

MOZART: Concerto for Violin No.3 in G major, K 216 with Janine Jansen
MAHLER: Symphony No.6 (‘Tragic’)
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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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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 Brahms’s symphonic legacy the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen shows its strengths, with its small string ensemble and muscular strong sound. Whereas the silky-smooth strings sound of big symphony orchestras often lose out, here the intricate braid of voices can be heard without it being a mere structural inter-penetration. There is little trace of old-fashioned motifs, but a sharp rebellion can be heard with all the means of contrapuntal art, which makes the scherzo and finale a breathless experience … [Jürg Huber, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 27 January 2017]

Järvi’s intrepretation (of Brahms’ Symphony No.1) is refined. Impressive is the transparent, clearly differentiated sound form, exhibiting the finest subtleties. Without hustle and bustle, Järvi flows dynamically forward leaving little room for pathos. [Annkathrin Babbe, Nordwest Zeitung, 21 January 2017]

Probably no other orchestra has played the symphonies and concertos of Johannes Brahms as often in the past few years (as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie) – with more than 60 performances of the cycle to audiences as far afield as St Petersburg, Vienna and Tokyo. In Die Glocke, the second Bremen Brahms cycle distributed over multiple seasons began (on Thursday) with Symphony No. 1. Again, the musicians’ inherent understanding of the music is especially emphasized in the characteristics of the Symphony and its chromatic development, the interplay between the instruments, the aggressive boldness of the introduction and the “Alpine Horn Solo” played by flute and horn. … Järvi’s approach is transparent and economical … Again fascinating worlds lay between the sound-sensitive playing of solo voices (in particular, oboe, clarinet, violin) and the brilliantly pointed rhythmic energy in the finale. [Markus Wilke, Weser Kurier, 21 January 2017]

Paavo Järvi stepped quietly onto the podium, the musicians of the fully-filled Tonhalle orchestra shine, and even before the performance applause has completely ebbed, the 53-year-old Estonian gives the upbeat into the first movement of Robert Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony. With full swing he launches into the main theme which seems to fly in a great arc over the first bars … The work comes together and culminates in masterly style, gradually revealed through Järvi’s interpretation – sometimes more clearly, sometimes subliminally – by showing, for example, the contrasting interrelation, recurring accompanying figures, and the dark colors of this music. The abyss of the fourth movement, with its gravitational trombones, then becomes all the more compelling and opens up into a touching moment of the sublime. All the more convincing is the light-hearted gesture of the attacca played final: a conciliatory return to light fields. [Moritz Weber, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 18 December 2016]

… Paavo Järvi took the vivacity of the Rhenish Symphony’s first movement literally, conducting with impetus … an impulsive, heart-warming lust for life and happiness … For me this was a solid interpretation in the best sense of the word [Rolf Kyburz,, 17 December 2016]

Nielsen Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”
Absolute precision, full-bodied sound, a lethal punch — this sterling performance rejoiced in them all, right from the turbulent opening bars … Sharpness of character was the special glory of Järvi’s tour around the temperaments. The Phlegmatic movement hovered in his hands with delicious sluggishness. Impetuous anger raced through the Choleric opening allegro, the mirror of the introspective Melancholic adagio. Shoulder movements reached their height in the Sanguine finale’s reckless high spirits, punctured towards the end with slow and sad reminiscences, beautifully engineered. [Geoff Brown, The Times 15 November 2016]

The latest concert in the Discover Carl Nielsen series curated by Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra captivated the ear with music that was strikingly original, magisterial and downright quirky … With Nielsen as good as this I look forward to the next instalment of the Discover Carl Nielsen series. [David Truslove,, 16 November 2016]

Paavo Järvi’s great appreciation of Nielsen was manifest in ‘The Four Temperaments’ … [Anthony Hodgson,, 10 November 2016]

Järvi’s expressive approach to the melancholy Andantino was a masterpiece of eloquent phrasing … and this contemplative reading of so serious a movement made a suitable contrast with the wild Finale …

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Paavo Järvi’s second season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra opens on a high when he conducts Mahler’s Symphony No.8 in celebration of the orchestra’s 90th Anniversary. They will also perform Mahler to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Suntory Hall and embark on a major European tour in spring 2017 with performances in Berlin, Luxembourg, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Vienna and Cologne. This season also sees the continuation of a Richard Strauss focus, with two recordings to be released on Sony Japan.

As Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi and the orchestra return to Asia for performances across Taiwan and Japan in autumn 2016. Throughout the season they will continue their critically acclaimed Brahms symphony cycle with performances throughout Germany and Switzerland. The first recording of the Brahms cycle is released on Sony’s, RCA label in spring 2017. Other highlights include the opening of the Kissinger Sommer Festival, as part of the orchestra’s residency which begins in 2017.

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