NEWS

PAAVO JÄRVI ANNOUNCED AS THE WINNER OF TWO RECORD ACADEMY AWARDS IN JAPAN

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”

Bachtrack.com 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 […]

GRAMOPHONE’S VIDEO OF THE DAY

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 […]

NHK EXTENDS PAAVO JÄRVI’S CONTRACT T0 2021

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 […]

PAAVO JÄRVI AND THE MOSTLY MOZART ORCHESTRA: ‘MAGNIFICENT … IN EVERY WAY’

Following last week’s performance at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Huffington Post must have written what is every artist’s dream review:

“At the close of Friday night’s Mostly Mozart concert in Geffen Hall, Paavo Järvi and the Festival Orchestra brought down the house with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony—and how many times do you get to say that of anyone these days? You […]

THEARTSDESK AT THE PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016

theartsdesk.com: Where would you go to hear the most electrifying and collegial orchestral playing in the world? It used to be Lucerne while Claudio Abbado was alive. Now that the Lucerne Festival Orchestra has become like any classy superband, the answer is Pärnu in the south of Estonia.

It’s a modest town of nearly 40,000 inhabitants, but its numbers treble in the summer, with […]

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CONCERT SEASON

As the 2016 / 17 kicks off Paavo Järvi reunites with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo for the start of his second season as Chief Conductor, celebrating the orchestra’s 90th anniversary with concerts at home in Japan and on tour in Europe next Spring.  Together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen Järvi prepares for their first CD release in the Brahms Symphony cycle and continues to put Brahms as the focus in concert.  Further highlights of this autumn include a performance with the Staatskapelle Berlin featuring Beethoven and Shostakovich and the return to London for his acclaimed Nielsen Symphony cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

NEXT CONCERTS:

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

9th December 2016

Bremen, Die Glocke

TÜÜR: Lighthouse
MOZART: Concerto for Piano No.23 in A major, K488 with Menahem Pressler
BRAHMS: Symphony No.3 in F major, Op.90

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

10th December 2016

Bremen, Die Glocke

TÜÜR: Lighthouse
MOZART: Concerto for Piano No.23 in A major, K488 with Menahem Pressler
BRAHMS: Symphony No.3 in F major, Op.90

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie

11th December 2016

Bremen, Die Glocke

TÜÜR: Lighthouse
MOZART: Concerto for Piano No.23 in A major, K488 with Menahem Pressler
BRAHMS: Symphony No.3 in F major, Op.90

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PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

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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PRESS

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA, LONDON, NOVEMBER 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, Backtrack.com, 16 November 2016]

Paavo Järvi’s great appreciation of Nielsen was manifest in ‘The Four Temperaments’ …   [Anthony Hodgson, Classicalsource.com, 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 …

MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL, NEW YORK, AUGUST 2016
At the close of Friday night’s Mostly Mozart concert in Geffen Hall, Paavo Järvi and the Festival Orchestra brought down the house with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony—and how many times do you get to say that of anyone these days? … And let’s not waste words about the performance: it was magnificent in virtually every way. Järvi is musical down to his toes, and watching him work is almost as much fun as hearing the result.   [Christopher JohnsonHuffington Post]

PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016
Where would you go to hear the most electrifying and collegial orchestral playing in the world? It used to be Lucerne while Claudio Abbado was alive. Now that the Lucerne Festival Orchestra has become like any classy superband, the answer is Pärnu in the south of Estonia. … The jewel in the Pärnu festival crown is the heady mix of top western and Estonian players in what after five years has now become the Estonian Festival Orchestra … I have never, anywhere, heard an orchestral unison that bore through the body like this one at the start (of Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony). Climaxes raised the roof, but precisely; the maverick structure whereby two far from light scherzos follow one long slow movement struck home.   [David NiceThe Arts Desk]

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RECORDINGS

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BIOGRAPHY

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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GALLERY

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