NEWS

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 […]

150 YEARS BRAHMS REQUIEM IN BREMEN

On 10 April Paavo Järvi and the The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen will bring the Hanseatic composer Johannes Brahms back “home” to Bremen, with a performance of the German Requiem at the “Bremer Dom”. The special performance takes place exactly 150 years to the day that Brahms himself conducted the world premiere of the Requiem in Bremen’s cathedral. Joining Järvi and The Deutsche Kammerphilhamonie Bremen for […]

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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:

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

24th October 2018

Poly Theatre, Beijing

DEBUSSY: Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune
RACHMANINOV: Concerto for Piano No.2 (with Khatia Buniatishvili)
MAHLER: Symphony No.5

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

26th October 2018

Shanghai Symphony Hall

RACHMANINOV: Concerto for Piano No.2 (with Khatia Buniatishvili)
MAHLER: Symphony No.5

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

27th October 2018

Wuxi Grand Theatre, Wuxi City

RACHMANINOV: Concerto for Piano No.2 (with Khatia Buniatishvili)
BRAHMS: Symphony No.2

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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

ESTONIAN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA EUROPEAN TOUR, JANUARY 2018

… Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony gave the orchestra a chance to ignite real explosives …   if, Järvi can continue this same magic with the exceptional Tonhalle Orchestra come 2019, and no doubt he will, then the years ahead in the Zürich Tonhalle will be worth their weight in gold.
bachtrack.com. Sarah Batschelet, 23 January 2018

… Und in Schostakowitschs Sechster heizt er seinem fast durchweg sehr jungen Festivalorchester derart ein, dass namentlich das Scherzo und der Final-Galopp – wohl ganz im Sinne des Komponisten – wie eine hypertrophe Parodie auf den seinerzeit vom Sozialismus verordneten Jubel klingen. Zürich darf gespannt sein.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Christian Wildhagen, 21 January 2018

Am Anfang war der Klang. Wie eine vom Licht durchbrochene Klangwolke zog der weiche, intensive Ton des Estonian Festival Orchestra über die Bühne des Konzerthauses … … In Schostakowitschs Sechster Symphonie trieb Järvi das fabelhaft intonierende Orchester schier mühelos über die steilen musikalischen Gipfel, von denen es sofort mit drängendem Elan weiterpreschte, ehe sich die Musiker im furios zelebrierten Galopp des dritten Satzes gegenseitig zu einem grandiosen Schlussspurt anspornten.
Wiener Zeitung, Andreas Meier, 24 January 2018

Genuss und Spielfreude stehen bei seiner Interpretation an erster Stelle … ein wahrer Ohrenschmaus.
Berliner Morgenpost, Felix Stephan, 24 January, 2018

Paavo Järvi und sein Estonian Festival Orchestra – bestehend aus jungen estnischen Musikern und internationalen Profis – machen auf ihrer ersten Europatournee Station in Berlin und erobern die Philharmonie mit schierem Tonvolumen. Mit kräftigem Strich, einem gerade nicht esoterisch-vergeistigten, sondern handfesten Pärt und mit Crescendi, die sich bis in jeden Winkel des Scharoun-Baus ausdehnen.
Der Tagesspiegel, Christiane Peitz, 24 January 2018

Den großartigen Abend beschloss Dmitri Schostakowitschs 6. Symphonie von 1939: Paavo Järvi enttäuschte auch dabei die Erwartungen der Zuhörer auf präzise sinnlich klangvolle Sinfonik keineswegs. Im Gegenteil – er verlieh dem Geschehen bemerkenswerte Tiefe, fasste die Entwicklungen in nirgends nachlassende Spannungsbögen.
Kronen Zeitung, Florian Krenstetter, 25 January 2018

Paavo Järvi bündelt sie scheinbar mühelos zu einem Klangkörper, dem man die Zusammengesetztheit nicht anmerkt, der über Geschmei- digkeit ebenso verfügt wie über die Fähigkeit zu energievollen Ausbrü- chen. Der „Cantus“ von Arvo Pärt lässt sich zugleich verstehen als ein großangelegtes Crescendo über fünf Minuten hinweg. Wie der Klang des Festival-Orchesters dabei im- mer stärker wird, ohne dass die Spannung abbrechen würde, wie er dabei nie verklumpt, sondern Durchsichtigkeit behält, das beein- druckt und prägt auch die folgen- den Stücke: Sibelius’ Violinkonzert, bei dem gemeinsam mit Solistin Viktoria Mullova eine zarte, kam- mermusikalisch anmutende Auf- führung gelingt; bei Schostako- witschs 6. Sinfonie, deren Schluss- satz im mühelosen Galopp vorüber- zischt. Sanft spielt dieses Orchester unter Paavo Järvis Leitung, aber es versteht ebenso, mit dem Florett zu kämpfen, präzise und virtuos.
Berliner Zeitung, 24 January 2018

Dass eine solche Aufgabe einem ausgewiesenen Orchestererzieher wie Paavo Järvi, übrigens zurzeit ‘Artist in Residence’ der Philharmonie Luxemburg, ein Leichtes ist, war zu erwarten. Dass aber auch das junge und jugendlich besetzte Orchester einer solchen Aufgabe in so einer mitreißenden und überwältigenden Manier gewachsen ist, war nicht selbstverständlich. Feine Soli, insbesondere in den Holzbläsern und ein ausgereiftes energiegeladenes und auch kammermusikalisch ausgereiftes Miteinander aller Orchestergruppen bezeugen die kreative Inspiration des Kurortes Pärnu und der Familie Järvi, die dort ihren Sommersitz hat.
Pizzicato, 26 January 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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GALLERY

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