The Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi commences his fourth season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra and is also Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2004.
Commencing from the 2019/20 season Järvi will be Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, while he concluded his highly successful tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris in Summer 2016. He is also Conductor Laureate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Music Director Laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his permanent positions, Järvi is in much demand as a guest conductor, appearing regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, London’s Philharmonia, Staatskapelle Berlin and Staatskapelle Dresden. Other guest engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic and Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
He is a dedicated supporter of Estonian composers and Artistic Adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Each season concludes with a week of performances and master-classes at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia, which was founded by Paavo Järvi in 2011. As a festival celebrating the orchestra at its heart, he created the Estonian Festival Orchestra which has become the uncontested highlight of the summer season. He was awarded the Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to Estonian culture.
With an extensive discography, Paavo Järvi has won a Grammy Award for his recording of Sibelius’ Cantatas and was named Artist of the Year by both Gramophone and Diapason magazines. He has also been appointed Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture for his contribution to music in France and the Sibelius Medal for his work in bringing attention to the Finnish composer’s music during his tenure with the Orchestre de Paris.
Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music. In 1980, he moved to the USA where he continued his studies in the 80s at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.
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