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NEWS

ZÜRICH MAHLER CYCLE STARTS “AN EXCITING JOURNEY”

February 16th, 2024|

Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich launched their Mahler cycle this month with three performances of Mahler Symphony No. 5. The project, which will be a major focus over the next five years, is being recorded by Alpha Classics with the first release appearing in Spring 2025.

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ICMA Award for Bruckner 8

January 18th, 2024|

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has announced the winners of the 2024 edition, honouring Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich with the ’BEST SYMPHONIC’ prize for their recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 on Alpha Classics.

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ESTONIAN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’S THIRD EUROPEAN TOUR

December 13th, 2023|

This January Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra return to home base in Pärnu on the Baltic Coast to prepare for their third European tour which takes them to Tallinn, Dortmund, Stuttgart, Zürich, Vienna and Munich from 16 to 25 January. With different programmes featuring works by Pärt, Silvestrov, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky, the orchestra is also joined by soloists Sol Gabetta and Maximilian Hornung for performances of Dvořák’s cello concerto.

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DEUTSCHE KAMMERPHILHARMONIE BREMEN VOTED GRAMOPHONE ORCHESTRA OF THE YEAR

October 5th, 2023|

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen has been named Gramophone Orchestra of the Year at this year’s prestigious awards ceremony in London. In the only award to be voted by the public, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen claimed by far the majority of votes, outstripping fellow nominees, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris.

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“HOW TO TAME A SYMPHONIC BEAST”

September 12th, 2023|

PAAVO JÄRVI AND TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH LAUNCH THE NEW SEASON WITH BRUCKNER

Following acclaimed performances at the BBC Proms and the summer festivals of Bonn, Prague and Bucharest, Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich are back home ready to launch their fifth season with performances of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 this week.

Coinciding with the start of the new season Alpha Classics has just released Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 recorded live in concert at the Tonhalle earlier this year. “How to Tame a Symphonic Beast” was the headline of The Times review. “If Bruckner could ever be made to sound light and athletic, Jarvi’s your man … The finale is cumulatively magnificent, with life’s struggles gradually clearing, leaving a final ringing peroration in the brightest of key signatures: C major. “

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“PAAVO JÄRVI SETS COMPLETELY NEW STANDARDS WITH THE LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA”

August 18th, 2023|

Stepping in at short notice to conduct the opening concerts of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi’s performances have been met with critical acclaim:
“Abbado’s worthy successor” wrote the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “From Mozart to Mahler, Paavo Järvi has set new standards in conducting here in Lucerne, an epicenter of orchestral art. Anyone who competes here with this orchestra in the future will have to be measured by that.”

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NEWS

ZÜRICH MAHLER CYCLE STARTS “AN EXCITING JOURNEY”

Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich launched their Mahler cycle this month with three performances of Mahler Symphony No. 5. The project, which will be a major focus over the next five years, is being recorded by Alpha Classics with the first release appearing in Spring 2025.

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ICMA Award for Bruckner 8

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has announced the winners of the 2024 edition, honouring Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich with the ’BEST SYMPHONIC’ prize for their recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 on Alpha Classics.

(more…)

ESTONIAN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’S THIRD EUROPEAN TOUR

This January Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra return to home base in Pärnu on the Baltic Coast to prepare for their third European tour which takes them to Tallinn, Dortmund, Stuttgart, Zürich, Vienna and Munich from 16 to 25 January. With different programmes featuring works by Pärt, Silvestrov, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky, the orchestra is also joined by soloists Sol Gabetta and Maximilian Hornung for performances of Dvořák’s cello concerto.

(more…)

DEUTSCHE KAMMERPHILHARMONIE BREMEN VOTED GRAMOPHONE ORCHESTRA OF THE YEAR

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen has been named Gramophone Orchestra of the Year at this year’s prestigious awards ceremony in London. In the only award to be voted by the public, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen claimed by far the majority of votes, outstripping fellow nominees, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris.

(more…)

“HOW TO TAME A SYMPHONIC BEAST”

PAAVO JÄRVI AND TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH LAUNCH THE NEW SEASON WITH BRUCKNER

Following acclaimed performances at the BBC Proms and the summer festivals of Bonn, Prague and Bucharest, Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich are back home ready to launch their fifth season with performances of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 this week.

Coinciding with the start of the new season Alpha Classics has just released Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 recorded live in concert at the Tonhalle earlier this year. “How to Tame a Symphonic Beast” was the headline of The Times review. “If Bruckner could ever be made to sound light and athletic, Jarvi’s your man … The finale is cumulatively magnificent, with life’s struggles gradually clearing, leaving a final ringing peroration in the brightest of key signatures: C major. “

(more…)

“PAAVO JÄRVI SETS COMPLETELY NEW STANDARDS WITH THE LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA”

Stepping in at short notice to conduct the opening concerts of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi’s performances have been met with critical acclaim:
“Abbado’s worthy successor” wrote the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “From Mozart to Mahler, Paavo Järvi has set new standards in conducting here in Lucerne, an epicenter of orchestral art. Anyone who competes here with this orchestra in the future will have to be measured by that.”

(more…)

PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Paavo Järvi’s family festival in Estonia is now entering its second decade. Alongside the annual Järvi Academy Conducting Masterclasses, the festival features the internationally acclaimed Estonian Festival Orchestra in three concerts with guest soloists Joshua Bell and Emmanuel Pahud. Estonian home-grown talent includes violinist Triin Ruubel and pianist Mihkel Poll and this year’s Estonian composer focus will be dedicated to, Artur Lemba (1885–1963), Edouard Tubin (1905–1982) and Ülo Krigul (b. 1978).

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PÄRNU MUSIC FESTIVAL

Pärnu Music Festival Header

Paavo Järvi’s family festival in Estonia is now entering its second decade. Alongside the annual Järvi Academy Conducting Masterclasses, the festival features the internationally acclaimed Estonian Festival Orchestra in three concerts with guest soloists Joshua Bell and Emmanuel Pahud. Estonian home-grown talent includes violinist Triin Ruubel and pianist Mihkel Poll and this year’s Estonian composer focus will be dedicated to, Artur Lemba (1885–1963), Edouard Tubin (1905–1982) and Ülo Krigul (b. 1978).

» 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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TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH
MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 5

“The start of a new Mahler cycle passed its baptism of fire with flying colours in Zürich …

Järvi frees the music from its predominantly highly emotional, sometimes overly obsessive and intoxicating navel-gazing. His priority is to reveal the architecture of the monstrous symphony, to show edge and texture with clear movements and clockwork precision, to understand the score as a great whole to which the individual parts must conform … The marvellous Tonhalle Orchestra and conductor are perfectly attuned, artistically congenial partners. A stirring start has been made, and we can look forward to the sequel.”

Online Merker, Ingobert Walter, 5 February, 2024

A highly personal and outstanding interpretation … quite visceral, decidedly expressive, a touch virulent, as if spoken from the gut, with all one’s soul … The Adagietto, very measured and concise, without softness, showed Järvi’s meticulous work, capable of delving into great dynamism and intensity, while at the same time being incisive in tempi. The Estonian mesmerised with the Rondo-Finale, hardly pausing for breath, breathless, overwhelming at times.

Platea, Alejandro Martinez, 11 February 2024

“Paavo Järvi and the Zurich Philharmonic gave a committed, intense and musical performance. The maestro gives meaning to this landmark work in the repertoire with a clear reading. He knows his score intimately and knows what he wants to achieve … ”

Crescendo.be, Thimothée Grandjean, 5 February 2024

ESTONIAN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
EUROPEAN TOUR – JANUARY 2024

When Järvi performs Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 with his Estonian Festival Orchestra … you can enjoy the lively, gestural, springy musical style, the rhetorical power of this well-thought-out, yet extremely spontaneous interpretation … Järvi also brought the Estonian strings to golden, red and white embers in Jean Sibelius’ fervently driven “Andanto festivo”.
Die Presse, Walter Weidringer, 26 January 2024

The entire ensemble was dramatic, engaged and played as if with one bow, producing a gripping, deeply-grounded sound … Järvi gave the finale in particular full opportunity to breathe and with it his audience the chance to take in the orchestra’s lovely sound. Energetic yet grounded, dramatic yet generous, there is little more that can be asked for from a night in the Konzerthaus, or from an orchestra in it.
Bachtrack.com, Chanda VanderHart, 26 January 2024

From the phenomenally clean, contoured strings alone, you realise in the first few seconds that this is not just a good performance, but one that has been carefully rehearsed. Järvi does not rely solely on precision, but also creates an infinite palette of moods, lively, sweeping, powerfully compact … Because everyone pulls together, Paavo Järvi is able to push the extremes incredibly far apart, mystical murmurs in slow motion are cut hard against passages at ludicrous speed, in between which the music breaks off again and again in a mysterious way.
Abendzeitung, Michael Bastian Weiss, 27 January 2024

PRESS

Press section header image

TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH
MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 5

“The start of a new Mahler cycle passed its baptism of fire with flying colours in Zürich …

Järvi frees the music from its predominantly highly emotional, sometimes overly obsessive and intoxicating navel-gazing. His priority is to reveal the architecture of the monstrous symphony, to show edge and texture with clear movements and clockwork precision, to understand the score as a great whole to which the individual parts must conform … The marvellous Tonhalle Orchestra and conductor are perfectly attuned, artistically congenial partners. A stirring start has been made, and we can look forward to the sequel.”

Online Merker, Ingobert Walter, 5 February, 2024

A highly personal and outstanding interpretation … quite visceral, decidedly expressive, a touch virulent, as if spoken from the gut, with all one’s soul … The Adagietto, very measured and concise, without softness, showed Järvi’s meticulous work, capable of delving into great dynamism and intensity, while at the same time being incisive in tempi. The Estonian mesmerised with the Rondo-Finale, hardly pausing for breath, breathless, overwhelming at times.

Platea, Alejandro Martinez, 11 February 2024

“Paavo Järvi and the Zurich Philharmonic gave a committed, intense and musical performance. The maestro gives meaning to this landmark work in the repertoire with a clear reading. He knows his score intimately and knows what he wants to achieve … ”

Crescendo.be, Thimothée Grandjean, 5 February 2024

ESTONIAN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
EUROPEAN TOUR – JANUARY 2024

When Järvi performs Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 with his Estonian Festival Orchestra … you can enjoy the lively, gestural, springy musical style, the rhetorical power of this well-thought-out, yet extremely spontaneous interpretation … Järvi also brought the Estonian strings to golden, red and white embers in Jean Sibelius’ fervently driven “Andanto festivo”.
Die Presse, Walter Weidringer, 26 January 2024

The entire ensemble was dramatic, engaged and played as if with one bow, producing a gripping, deeply-grounded sound … Järvi gave the finale in particular full opportunity to breathe and with it his audience the chance to take in the orchestra’s lovely sound. Energetic yet grounded, dramatic yet generous, there is little more that can be asked for from a night in the Konzerthaus, or from an orchestra in it.
Bachtrack.com, Chanda VanderHart, 26 January 2024

From the phenomenally clean, contoured strings alone, you realise in the first few seconds that this is not just a good performance, but one that has been carefully rehearsed. Järvi does not rely solely on precision, but also creates an infinite palette of moods, lively, sweeping, powerfully compact … Because everyone pulls together, Paavo Järvi is able to push the extremes incredibly far apart, mystical murmurs in slow motion are cut hard against passages at ludicrous speed, in between which the music breaks off again and again in a mysterious way.
Abendzeitung, Michael Bastian Weiss, 27 January 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.

» Read full biography

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