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.