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 digital platform and Germany’s ARD at 11.00 on 1 May. The performance will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Euroarts in September 2018. This year’s programme features Beethoven’s Leonora Overture No.3, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with soloist Eva-Maria Westbroek and Beethoven Symphony No.4.

Following the 1st May concert, Paavo Järvi conducts the Berlin Philharmonic for a further two concerts back “home” in the Philharmonie on 5 and 6 May with a programme dedicated to Sibelius and Shostakovich with soloist Janine Jansen. Järvi has conducted the Berlin Philharmonie regularly since his debut in 2000 and led the widely appraised gala concert “50 years German-Israeli Relations”.