Meet The Performers


Paavo Järvi

Grammy Award winning Paavo Järvi begins his tenure as the seventh Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris in September 2010 with a performance of Sibelius’s Kullervo featuring the Estonian National Male Choir. He is also in his tenth and final season as Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and will leave behind him a legacy of extensive touring and a discography of sixteen CDs for Telarc, the most recent releases being Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10 and Holst’s The Planets.

As Music Director of Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi has appeared with the orchestra in China, Taiwan and Japan, and at major European Festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Robeco Summer series in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. They are currently in the process of recording all of the Bruckner Symphonies for Sony, with Symphonies Nos. 7 & 9 already released. His most recent disc with the orchestra is Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for Virgin Classics.

Paavo Järvi has been the Artistic Director of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2004 and has received the highest public and critical acclaim for their concerts and recordings of Beethoven’s Symphonies, all of which have now been released on Sony. He received the 2010 ECHO Klassik Conductor of the Year award for Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6; Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 won the prestigious Annual German Record Critics’ Prize for 2007. In 2009 Paavo Järvi recorded the Beethoven and Britten Violin Concertos for Decca with Janine Jansen as soloist. They have now performed the complete Beethoven Symphonies cycle at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Salzburg Festival and at the Warsaw Easter Festival. As well as extensive tours of Europe including a performance at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, 2010 sees a tour to Japan following highly successful appearances in Canada (Lanaudière Festival), the USA (Mostly Mozart Festival) and the BBC Proms.

Since the start of his career, Järvi has made it a priority to champion works by contemporary Estonian composers including Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Lepo Sumera and Eduard Tubin. His latest recording with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (of whom he is Artistic Adviser) is the world premiere of Tüür’s Symphony No.4 with Evelyn Glennie.

In addition to his permanent positions, Paavo Järvi is in much demand as a guest conductor, appearing regularly with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland and NHK Symphony orchestras, as well as the Staatskapelle Dresden and the orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala. He has also recently conducted the Wiener Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw and Philharmonia orchestras.

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music then, in 1980, moved to the USA where he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.

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