The Estonian conductor and Grammy Award winner Paavo Järvi is widely recognized as the musicians’ musician, and his close association with orchestras is evident through his long-standing relationship with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which he has served as artistic director since 2004. Last autumn he opened his fourth season as chief conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and in the fall of 2019 he will begin his first season as chief conductor and music director of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. He is also conductor laureate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, music director laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and artistic adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Järvi is also in demand as a guest conductor, returning to perform with the Orchestre de Paris and regularly appearing with the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras. Highlights of his recent and upcoming guest engagements include Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, as well as the New York Philharmonic.
Paavo Järvi concludes each season with a week of performances and master classes at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia, which he founded in 2011. The success of both the festival and its resident ensemble — the Estonian Festival Orchestra — has led to a string of high-profile invitations to perform across Europe, most recently at the BBC Proms and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.
With an extensive discography, Mr. Järvi’s upcoming projects include the third recording in a series of Brahms symphonies, with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the complete cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies, which he recorded with the Orchestre de Paris; the latter performance and recording project led to the Sibelius Medal being bestowed on him in recognition of his work in increasing awareness of the Finnish composer’s music among French audiences. He was also awarded the Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to Estonian culture.
Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music. In 1980 he moved to the United States, where he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.