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PAAVO JÄRVI TO LEAD THE CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA’S CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS

June 13th, 2024|

From 24 – 26 June Paavo Järvi will lead the seventh edition of the Ammodo Conducting Masterclass, sharing his knowledge and experience with four talented young conductors, who will each be given the opportunity to lead the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The selected candidates are Sebastián Almánzar (Colombia), Dayner Tafur-Diaz (Peru), Zofia Kiniorska (Poland), and Swann van Rechem (France). Each session will be streamed through concertgebouworkest.nl and the orchestra’s YouTube channel on the same day from 7 p.m.

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TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH & PAAVO JÄRVI: 2024 / 25 SEASON

May 30th, 2024|

The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich has announced the programme for its sixth season with Paavo Järvi as Music Director, opening this autumn with three concerts introducing this year’s creative chair, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and the “primeval sonic landscape” of her 2022 orchestral work Archora, partnered with Stravinsky’s 1919 Firebird Suite and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist and season Focus Artist Víkingur Ólafsson (18, 19 & 20 September).

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JÜRI REINVERE – SHIP OF FOOLS

May 20th, 2024|

In the lead up to this year’s Pärnu Music Festival, Alpha Classics releases Paavo Järvi’s latest album with the Estonian Festival Orchestra. Ship of Fools is dedicated to leading Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere, and three of his recent works, all of which were premiered in Pärnu by the Estonian Festival Orchestra and Järvi Chamber Academy.

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“MARVELLOUS” MENDELSSOHN

May 16th, 2024|

Paavo Järvi’s latest release of Mendelssohn with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich on Alpha Classics has been chosen as an Editor’s Choice in the latest issue of Gramophone, which describes the set as “marvellous … rich in tonal weight but wonderfully light in spirit too”.

The BBC Music Magazine also gives the recording a 5 star review, saying “This new release of Mendelssohn’s complete symphonies confirms the symbiotic relationship Järvi has forged with the orchestra, and is jam-packed with exciting, at times electrifying, music-making … Many rival versions of this music exist, but it’s difficult to think of any which surpass Järvi’s for insight, immediacy and sheer enjoyment.”

Listen to Paavo Järvi talk to Gramophone in the latest podcast here

2024 PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

March 22nd, 2024|

10 – 19 JULY
The Pärnu Music Festival has always been about family and, in addition to concerts and masterclasses led by Paavo, Kristjan and Neeme Järvi, this year’s edition welcomes two families of Estonian composers and musicians, as well an extended family of international guests who flock to Pärnu each summer to be part of the annual reunion.

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TONHALLE MENDELSSOHN CYCLE RELEASED THIS MONTH ON ALPHA CLASSICS

March 19th, 2024|

The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich’s new Mendelssohn recording with Paavo Järvi is released this month on Alpha Classics. The 4 CD box set, which comprises all five symphonies and the “Sommernachtstraum”, offers a unique insight into the orchestra’s work with Järvi over a two year period, which began mid-pandemic in the Spring of 2021 at the interim venue Tonhalle Maag and was completed in January 2023, in the splendidly renovated historic Tonhalle Zürich.

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NEWS

PAAVO JÄRVI TO LEAD THE CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA’S CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS

From 24 – 26 June Paavo Järvi will lead the seventh edition of the Ammodo Conducting Masterclass, sharing his knowledge and experience with four talented young conductors, who will each be given the opportunity to lead the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The selected candidates are Sebastián Almánzar (Colombia), Dayner Tafur-Diaz (Peru), Zofia Kiniorska (Poland), and Swann van Rechem (France). Each session will be streamed through concertgebouworkest.nl and the orchestra’s YouTube channel on the same day from 7 p.m.

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TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH & PAAVO JÄRVI: 2024 / 25 SEASON

The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich has announced the programme for its sixth season with Paavo Järvi as Music Director, opening this autumn with three concerts introducing this year’s creative chair, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and the “primeval sonic landscape” of her 2022 orchestral work Archora, partnered with Stravinsky’s 1919 Firebird Suite and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist and season Focus Artist Víkingur Ólafsson (18, 19 & 20 September).

(more…)

JÜRI REINVERE – SHIP OF FOOLS

In the lead up to this year’s Pärnu Music Festival, Alpha Classics releases Paavo Järvi’s latest album with the Estonian Festival Orchestra. Ship of Fools is dedicated to leading Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere, and three of his recent works, all of which were premiered in Pärnu by the Estonian Festival Orchestra and Järvi Chamber Academy.

(more…)

“MARVELLOUS” MENDELSSOHN

Paavo Järvi’s latest release of Mendelssohn with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich on Alpha Classics has been chosen as an Editor’s Choice in the latest issue of Gramophone, which describes the set as “marvellous … rich in tonal weight but wonderfully light in spirit too”.

The BBC Music Magazine also gives the recording a 5 star review, saying “This new release of Mendelssohn’s complete symphonies confirms the symbiotic relationship Järvi has forged with the orchestra, and is jam-packed with exciting, at times electrifying, music-making … Many rival versions of this music exist, but it’s difficult to think of any which surpass Järvi’s for insight, immediacy and sheer enjoyment.”

Listen to Paavo Järvi talk to Gramophone in the latest podcast here

2024 PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

10 – 19 JULY
The Pärnu Music Festival has always been about family and, in addition to concerts and masterclasses led by Paavo, Kristjan and Neeme Järvi, this year’s edition welcomes two families of Estonian composers and musicians, as well an extended family of international guests who flock to Pärnu each summer to be part of the annual reunion.

(more…)

TONHALLE MENDELSSOHN CYCLE RELEASED THIS MONTH ON ALPHA CLASSICS

The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich’s new Mendelssohn recording with Paavo Järvi is released this month on Alpha Classics. The 4 CD box set, which comprises all five symphonies and the “Sommernachtstraum”, offers a unique insight into the orchestra’s work with Järvi over a two year period, which began mid-pandemic in the Spring of 2021 at the interim venue Tonhalle Maag and was completed in January 2023, in the splendidly renovated historic Tonhalle Zürich.

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PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Paavo Järvi’s family festival in Estonia celebrates its 14th year. Alongside the annual Järvi Academy Conducting Masterclasses, the 2024 festival features the internationally acclaimed Estonian Festival Orchestra in four concerts with guest soloists Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Kirill Gerstein (piano) and Hans Christian Aavik (violin). This summer also sees the start of a new, annual initiative to commission works from female Estonian composers, commencing with world-premieres by Helena Tulva and Maria Kõrvits.

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PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Paavo Järvi’s family festival in Estonia celebrates its 14th year. Alongside the annual Järvi Academy Conducting Masterclasses, the 2024 festival features the internationally acclaimed Estonian Festival Orchestra in four concerts with guest soloists Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Kirill Gerstein (piano) and Hans Christian Aavik (violin). This summer also sees the start of a new, annual initiative to commission works from female Estonian composers, commencing with world-premieres by Helena Tulva and Maria Kõrvits.

» Read more about Pärnu Music Festival

CONDUCTING ACADEMIES

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Paavo Järvi is strongly committed to supporting the next generation of conductors. In addition to the Järvi Academy which is an integral part of the annual Pärnu Music Festival, Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich created a Conductors’ Academy in 2021. Both Academies offer students daily masterclasses and public performances, as well as professional advice and contacts within the business. The prize winner of the Conductors’ Academy – chosen by the Zürich audience – receives an invitation to join the Järvi Academy, enabling them to immediately further their training with Paavo Järvi in Estonia.

For up to date information on future conducting courses visit The Pärnu Music Festival website

CONDUCTING ACADEMIES

academy
Paavo Järvi is strongly committed to supporting the next generation of conductors. In addition to the Järvi Academy which is an integral part of the annual Pärnu Music Festival, Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich created a Conductors’ Academy in 2021. Both Academies offer students daily masterclasses and public performances, as well as professional advice and contacts within the business. The prize winner of the Conductors’ Academy – chosen by the Zürich audience – receives an invitation to join the Järvi Academy, enabling them to immediately further their training with Paavo Järvi in Estonia.

For up to date information on future conducting courses visit The Pärnu Music Festival website

PRESS

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DEUTSCHE KAMMERPHILHARMONIE BREMEN
SALZBURG WHITSUN FESTIVAL

“The Whitsun Festival owes the other great Mozart conducting performance to Paavo Järvi … The nuanced gradation of different types of allegro (majestic or lively) alone reveals this conductor’s empathy and intelligence. In the Andante cantabile of the ‘Jupiter Symphony’, he takes the opening quite gesturally, as if a figure is entering a space that is alien to it, marvelling and shy. As in the Beethoven cycle, which still sets the standard today, the harmonic structure and the woodwinds with their breath determine the tempo and phrasing: you can hear it when Järvi has the whole orchestra align itself with a chromatic upward movement of the solo bassoon.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jan Brachmann, 21 May 2024

“… Paavo Järvi has been the orchestra’s artistic director for twenty years – an extremely fruitful and apparently still inspiring liaison. Even Mozart’s well-known ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Paris’ symphonies seem to have been born in the moment. The tempi are sharpened without the music seeming overheated, the articulation is incredibly light-footed and the differentiated use of vibrato is almost playful and enjoyable.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Marco Frey, 21 May 2024

“It absolutely doesn’t have to be 22 violins, eight cellos and five violas and double basses: Wolfgang Amadeus was able to enjoy such a line-up for his Symphony in D major KV 300a (297) Pariser once in his life. A good half of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie on Saturday afternoon was more than enough to ensure that no impact was missed in the Grosse Festspielhaus … Paavo Järvi inspired his orchestra, which was playing in a classical setting, from the beginning of the Allegro assai and also unobtrusively integrated the natural trumpets harmoniously into the overall sound.”
Drehpunktkultur.com, Horst Reischenböck, 19 May 2024

“(Mozart) Symphonies 31 and 41 are performed as a witty and even prickly conversation. An infectious, lightning-quick speech in sound, a kind of Harnoncourt on speed.”
Münchner Merkur, Markus Thiel, 20 May 2024

“Very light-footed and transparent, the conductor let the orchestra dance into the first movement of the symphony in D major and out again in the final Allegro. In the Symphony in C major, Järvi also chose an accurate and relaxed approach with fun tempo. Mozart is clear, sometimes very accurate and fresh, the conductor and his orchestra agreed.”
APA, Larissa Schütz, 20 May 2024

MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

MAHLER: Kindertotenlieder
ROTT: Symphony No. 1
with Okka von der Damerau, mezzo-soprano

“An interpretation (of Hans Rott Symphony No. 2) from the top view, brilliantly played … Järvi, the confident craftsman, keeps the symphony running hot until the single (!) cymbal hit towards the end.”

“ … Järvi and the Philharmonic are filigree workers, shaping the five pieces (Mahler Kindertotenlieder) into a fine, transparent web … An interpretation between cleverly controlled lyricism and a lush stream of sound … That sounds more like resignation – and yet does not deny the (deceptive) beauty of these songs.”
Münchner Merker, Markus Thiel, 9 May 2024

Rott’s Symphony No. 2 “ … demands the impossible of the brass players: to play lyrically all the time. The Munich Philharmonic masters this in an astonishing way. Paavo Järvi seems to believe in the piece, though it lacks contrasts. And that is the decisive prerequisite for a performance of this piece.c The final cymbal crash may not be in the score, but it is consistent. An orchestra like the Munich Philharmonic, which has an equally great Mahler and Bruckner tradition, would do well to put this work up for discussion …”
Abendzeitung München, Robert Braunmüller, 10 May 2024

DEUTSCHE KAMMERPHILHARMONIE BREMEN

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 2
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 1
with Veronika Eberle, violin

“When Paavo Järvi conducts the Viennese Classics, the symphonies develop an energy that even their composers would probably not have dared to dream of 200 years ago. He has already demonstrated this with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in his Beethoven project, but also in many rarely performed Haydn symphonies – most recently on Wednesday in the Elbphilharmonie with the first two symphonies of Franz Schubert … The violin concerto in D major op. 77 by Brahms sounded no less great … With the slim line-up of the Kammerphilharmonie, the symphonic work, which otherwise seemed so pithy and massive, lost all of its gravity, and Eberle was able to brilliantly reveal all the nuances of her complex violin part.”
Hamburger Abendblatt, Helmut Peters, 12 April 2024

“Paavo Järvi’s music-making at the highest level, in its immediacy, its inner consistency, combined with the orchestra’s outstanding preparation and excellent knowledge of the score, brought to life a precision of interpretation that has threatened to be lost in recent years, almost acquiring a slightly pejorative flavour. The same applies to the interpretation of the Second Symphony … Järvi is reaping the rewards of his intensive work with the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which has now lasted 20 years. Everything Järvi undertakes, whether the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms or now Haydn, is honoured with prestigious awards worldwide … ”
Klassik.com, Michael Pitz-Grewenig, 13 April 2024

PRESS

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DEUTSCHE KAMMERPHILHARMONIE BREMEN
SALZBURG WHITSUN FESTIVAL

“The Whitsun Festival owes the other great Mozart conducting performance to Paavo Järvi … The nuanced gradation of different types of allegro (majestic or lively) alone reveals this conductor’s empathy and intelligence. In the Andante cantabile of the ‘Jupiter Symphony’, he takes the opening quite gesturally, as if a figure is entering a space that is alien to it, marvelling and shy. As in the Beethoven cycle, which still sets the standard today, the harmonic structure and the woodwinds with their breath determine the tempo and phrasing: you can hear it when Järvi has the whole orchestra align itself with a chromatic upward movement of the solo bassoon.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jan Brachmann, 21 May 2024

“… Paavo Järvi has been the orchestra’s artistic director for twenty years – an extremely fruitful and apparently still inspiring liaison. Even Mozart’s well-known ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Paris’ symphonies seem to have been born in the moment. The tempi are sharpened without the music seeming overheated, the articulation is incredibly light-footed and the differentiated use of vibrato is almost playful and enjoyable.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Marco Frey, 21 May 2024

“It absolutely doesn’t have to be 22 violins, eight cellos and five violas and double basses: Wolfgang Amadeus was able to enjoy such a line-up for his Symphony in D major KV 300a (297) Pariser once in his life. A good half of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie on Saturday afternoon was more than enough to ensure that no impact was missed in the Grosse Festspielhaus … Paavo Järvi inspired his orchestra, which was playing in a classical setting, from the beginning of the Allegro assai and also unobtrusively integrated the natural trumpets harmoniously into the overall sound.”
Drehpunktkultur.com, Horst Reischenböck, 19 May 2024

“(Mozart) Symphonies 31 and 41 are performed as a witty and even prickly conversation. An infectious, lightning-quick speech in sound, a kind of Harnoncourt on speed.”
Münchner Merkur, Markus Thiel, 20 May 2024

“Very light-footed and transparent, the conductor let the orchestra dance into the first movement of the symphony in D major and out again in the final Allegro. In the Symphony in C major, Järvi also chose an accurate and relaxed approach with fun tempo. Mozart is clear, sometimes very accurate and fresh, the conductor and his orchestra agreed.”
APA, Larissa Schütz, 20 May 2024

MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

MAHLER: Kindertotenlieder
ROTT: Symphony No. 1
with Okka von der Damerau, mezzo-soprano

“An interpretation (of Hans Rott Symphony No. 2) from the top view, brilliantly played … Järvi, the confident craftsman, keeps the symphony running hot until the single (!) cymbal hit towards the end.”

“ … Järvi and the Philharmonic are filigree workers, shaping the five pieces (Mahler Kindertotenlieder) into a fine, transparent web … An interpretation between cleverly controlled lyricism and a lush stream of sound … That sounds more like resignation – and yet does not deny the (deceptive) beauty of these songs.”
Münchner Merker, Markus Thiel, 9 May 2024

Rott’s Symphony No. 2 “ … demands the impossible of the brass players: to play lyrically all the time. The Munich Philharmonic masters this in an astonishing way. Paavo Järvi seems to believe in the piece, though it lacks contrasts. And that is the decisive prerequisite for a performance of this piece.c The final cymbal crash may not be in the score, but it is consistent. An orchestra like the Munich Philharmonic, which has an equally great Mahler and Bruckner tradition, would do well to put this work up for discussion …”
Abendzeitung München, Robert Braunmüller, 10 May 2024

RECORDINGS & VIDEOS

RECORDINGS & VIDEOS

BIOGRAPHY

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Estonian Grammy Award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi is widely recognised as one of today’s most eminent conductors, enjoying close partnerships with the finest orchestras around the world. He serves as Chief Conductor of the Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich, as the long-standing Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2004, and as both the founder and Artistic Director of the Estonian Festival Orchestra.

Following a tour to the BBC Proms, Beethovenfest Bonn, Enescu and Prague Dvořák festivals, Järvi opens his fifth season with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and a continuation of his Bruckner cycle, including three performances of Symphony No.9 at the Grosse Tonhalle and album release of Symphony No.8 on Alpha Classics. Additional highlights in 2023/24 include the beginning of a Mahler cycle and a major tour to South Korea and Japan.

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BIOGRAPHY

Biography Header

Estonian Grammy Award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi is widely recognised as one of today’s most eminent conductors, enjoying close partnerships with the finest orchestras around the world. He serves as Chief Conductor of the Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich, as the long-standing Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2004, and as both the founder and Artistic Director of the Estonian Festival Orchestra.

Following a tour to the BBC Proms, Beethovenfest Bonn, Enescu and Prague Dvořák festivals, Järvi opens his fifth season with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and a continuation of his Bruckner cycle, including three performances of Symphony No.9 at the Grosse Tonhalle and album release of Symphony No.8 on Alpha Classics. Additional highlights in 2023/24 include the beginning of a Mahler cycle and a major tour to South Korea and Japan.

» Read full biography