NEWS

“IS THIS THE SAME ORCHESTRA?” ASKS THE NZZ

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 LAUNCHES 2019 WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

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

NEW ALBUM RELEASE: COMPLETE SIBELIUS CYCLE

On 18 January 2019 Sony Classical releases the long awaited box set of the complete Sibelius Symphony cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris. Recorded live in concert over a period of four years, this cycle was a central project during Paavo Järvi’s tenure as Music Director (2010-2016) of the orchestra and the first full Sibelius cycle to be performed or […]

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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CONCERT SEASON

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.

NEXT CONCERTS:

NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

20th February 2019

Suntory Hall

STRAVINSKY: Feu d’artifice
STRAVINSKY: Scherzo fantastique
STRAVINSKY: Scherzo à la russe
STRAVINSKY: Chant funèbre
STRAVINSKY: Le sacre du printemps (1947)
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NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

21st February 2019

Suntory Hall

STRAVINSKY: Feu d’artifice
STRAVINSKY: Scherzo fantastique
STRAVINSKY: Scherzo à la russe
STRAVINSKY: Chant funèbre
STRAVINSKY: Le sacre du printemps (1947)
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NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

24th February 2019

Aichi Prefectural Art Theater, Nagoya

STRAVINSKY: Feu d’artifice
STRAVINSKY: Scherzo fantastique
STRAVINSKY: Scherzo à la russe
STRAVINSKY: Chant funèbre
STRAVINSKY: Le sacre du printemps (1947)

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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 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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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

TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZURICH, JANUARY 2019

Noch nicht im Amt, aber bereits jetzt prägend und präsent: Der Este Paavo Järvi, neuer Chefdirigent des Tonhalle-Orchesters. Eine Frechheit, dieser Beethoven! Und zwar eine hinreissende Frechheit, anregend in jedem Takt und lustvoll präsentiert von einem hellwachen Tonhalle-Orchester und seinem künftigen Chefdirigenten Paavo Järvi.
Tagesanzeiger, Susanne Kübler, 18 January 2019

… Denn plötzlich ist alles wieder da: die Farben, die Transparenz, die Virtuosität an einzelnen Pulten, die Wärme und Emotion bei gleichzeitiger Brillanz des Klanges – mit einem Wort: die Musik. Und mit ihr die erkennbare Lust am gemeinsamen Gestalten. Schier überwältigend kam dies bei Beethovens 1. Sinfonie am Schluss des Programms zur Geltung. So exakt, so auf den Punkt konzentriert und dabei dennoch innerlich gelöst haben die Tonhalle-Musiker seit Jahren nicht gespielt. Da war es, als fände die kollektive Erinnerung an den wegweisenden Beethoven-Zyklus unter Zinman glücklich zusammen mit den höchst profilierten Forderungen, die der «Zukünftige» an das Orchester stellt.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Christian Wildhagen, 18 January 2019

It was evident that the orchestra and the audience have already taken Järvi to their heart. It is rather like the change of a manager of a football team – after a string of indifferent matches and results, a new manager is brought in and suddenly the players look like they are enjoying the game again – and winning.
seenandheardinternational.com, John Rhodes, 20 January 2019

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, JANUARY 2019

This concert was to be directed by Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla, who would have been making her Philharmonic debut, but when she cancelled New York audiences were blessed with the choice of Paavo Järvi as her replacement … Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island is a movement from the Sibelius work Four Legends from the Kalevala, whose most famous section is The Swan of Tuonela. Here the ensemble was whipped into a whirlwind, tremendously exciting and colorful in the extreme. There were moments when it was difficult to remember that this was the local band.
concertonet.com, Fred Kirshnit, 4 January 2019

The Second Suite from Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé occupies the nexus of the familiar and the challenging – a place at which the Philharmonic thrives, for the specificity the composer demands keeps the musicians on their toes. Further, familiarity enables risk-taking between conductor and orchestra. This was Ravel at his most nuanced and persuasive, and on a night of first-rate solo work, principal flute Robert Langevin gave an especially inspired contribution, in color, line, and virtuosity.
classicalsource.com, Thomas Phillips, 4 January 2019

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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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GALLERY

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