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Paavo Järvi

Conductor

Biography

Estonian Grammy Award–winning conductor Paavo Järvi, widely recognized as one of today’s most eminent conductors, enjoys close partnerships with the finest orchestras around the world. He serves as chief conductor of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, the longstanding artistic director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2004, and both founder and artistic director of the Estonian Festival Orchestra.

Järvi opened his fifth season with Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra with a continuation of his Bruckner cycle in the recently restored, iconic Tonhalle. Additional highlights in the 2023–24 season include the beginning of a Mahler cycle and a major tour of South Korea and Japan.

The year 2024 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Järvi’s tenure as artistic director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the ensemble with which he has performed and recorded benchmark performances of the complete orchestral works of Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and Brahms. With their most recent project, dedicated to Haydn’s London Symphonies, they play in residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus and on tour throughout Germany before embarking on a new in-depth focus on Schubert symphonies.

Paavo Järvi concludes each season with performances and conducting masterclasses 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 tours and CDs.

In addition to his orchestral and festival positions, Järvi is in demand as a guest conductor, regularly appearing with the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and London Philharmonia, as well as the New York Philharmonic. This season he also conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. 

As a dedicated supporter of Estonian culture, Paavo Järvi was awarded the Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia in 2013. Other honors and prizes include a Grammy Award for his recording of Sibelius’s Cantatas, being named Opus Klassik Conductor of the Year (2019), Rheingau Music Prize (2019), and Gramophone Artist of the Year (2015). He has been named Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and received both the Sibelius Medal and Hindemith Prize.

Upcoming 2023-2024 Performances

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