“Being by the shores of the Baltic Sea is special in itself … Such delights are brought together each summer in Pärnu, Estonia’s cultural capital. Thanks to its music festival created in 2010 by its famous conductor Paavo Järvi together with his family; different generations united by the same passion. […]


Reviewing the Pärnu Music Festival which ended with standing ovations on Sunday night,  the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes today “With the Pärnu Music Festival Paavo Järvi creates competiton for Europe and, from 2017, he will start to export a part of it. This is bound to cause a stir on the European festival scene.”

The festival, which Paavo Järvi created six years ago in […]


As the 2015 / 16 concert season draws to an end so does Paavo Järvi’s highly successful tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, a position he has held since 2010/11. His final concert in the Philharmonie will be on 18th June when he conducts Mahler Symphony no.3 featuring Michelle de Young as soloist.

The orchestra has just returned from a Swiss tour, taking […]


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 […]

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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.


Verbier Festival and Academy

1st August 2016

Salle des Combins

BRAHMS: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor Op.102 with Leonidas Kavakos and Alexander Buzlov
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No.5 in B flat major, Op.100
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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

5th August 2016

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

PÄRT: La Sindone
MOZART: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 with Martin Fröst
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.4 in B flat major, Op.60
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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

6th August 2016

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

PÄRT: La Sindone
MOZART: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 with Martin Fröst
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.4 in B flat major, Op.60
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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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With the Pärnu Music Festival Paavo Järvi creates competition for Europe … This is highly concentrated music making (from the Estonian Festival Orchestra), all the details are worked out: the ping pong of accents between violins and horns, antiphons between the woodwind groups, targeted focus curves in the second violins. Nothing is sweeping, nothing sleepy and nothing washed away.   [Jan Brachmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung]

Pärnu: What many festivals dream of achieving is self-evident here… The central mentors are Neeme and Paavo Järvi, father and son. The Järvi Academy offers conducting masterclasses to students from around the world and the Estonian Festival Orchestra, a new first class ensemble, brings together professional musicians from the whole of Europe and top players from Estonia, creating a musical entity which was received with standing ovations for their performances of Sibelius, Nielsen and Shostakovich: pure astonishment for this extraordinary collective music making … in an atmosphere of fun, openness and curiosity.   [Ursula Magnes, Klassik Radio]

Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3 “unfolded naturally, with Jarvi keeping a weather eye on momentum, and allowing that glorious waltz tune near the end of the first movement to emerge triumphantly. The Andante was rendered sympathetically, its cloudless tranquillity beautifully evoked by smooth horns and warm-toned strings.”   []

“Echoing the symphony’s soubriquet, Järvi’s gestures were themselves expansive – he is a conductor who makes full use of the space around him – and the orchestra responded perfectly, presenting wonderful warm string passages, enchantingly twittering woodwind birdsong, and powerful brass counterpoint”   [Music OMH]

“Ma Vlast” presented at the opening concert of the Prague Spring and on the podium before the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was Paavo Järvi. In the Smetana Hall and with Smetana’s music there was something new. It was both innovative and traditional, interesting and satisfactory. Rich and, most importantly, without any sense of routine .. The Philharmonic played extremely cultivated and sophisticatedly, repeatedly and willingly going into great expressive intensity. “My Vlast” sounded as beautiful music, without excessive pathos, with clear contours and soft tones …”   []

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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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