The head of a musical dynasty, Maestro Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most respected conductors. He conducts many of the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of over 440 recordings.
Recent and future seasons include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra de Paris, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the major orchestras of Scandinavia. In the US he is regularly invited to conduct the Chicago and Detroit Symphony orchestras and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In earlier seasons his operatic engagements have included the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra de Paris (Bastille), San Francisco Opera and the Téatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Soloist collaborations include Janine Jansen, Hélène Grimaud, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Truls Mørk and Radu Lupu.
In addition to the orchestras above, 2010/11 sees him make his annual appearances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the London and Bergen philharmonic orchestras. Also this season, Neeme Järvi conducts a concert with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia for The Pope at The Vatican in October 2010, and appears with the Weiner Symphoniker, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In addition to his performances with the New Jersey Symphony in January 2011, he will also conduct the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington this season. His touring, with the Residentie Orkest, takes him to cities including Vienna, Bratislava, Maribor, Zargreb and Villach. As well as projects at home with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, they travel to Turin, Paris and Baden-Baden together.
Over his long and highly successful career he has held positions with orchestras across the world. He is currently Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest (The Hague, Netherlands), Principle Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate and Artistic Advisor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the titles of Music Director Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor Emeritus of the National Orchestra of Sweden – Göteborgs Symfoniker, First Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Highlights of an impressive discography include critically acclaimed complete symphony cycles of Prokofiev, Sibelius, Nielsen and Brahms. Neeme Järvi has also championed less widely known composers such as Wilhelm Stenhammar, Hugo Alfvén and Niels Gade; and composers from his native Estonia including Rudolf Tobias, Eduard Tubin andArvo Pärt. He has recorded with Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, BIS and EMI to name a few. His most recent discs with Chandos are a Wagner/de Vlieger series with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a recording of Bruckner Symphony No.5 with the Residentie Orkest and a disc of Johan Halvorsen’s orchestral works with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009 the London Philharmonic Orchestra released a recording of Dvorak Requiem on their ‘LPO Live’ label, and the disc was chosen as Editor’s Choice in the January 2010 edition of Gramophone Magazine.
Many international accolades and awards have been bestowed upon Neeme Järvi. In Estonia these include an honorary doctorate from the Music Academy of Estonia in Tallinn, and the Order of the National Coat of Arms from the President of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Lennart Meri. The mayor of Tallinn presented Maestro Järvi with the city’s first-ever ceremonial sash and coat of arms insignia, and he has been named one of the ‘Estonians of the Century’. Neeme Järvi holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Detroit’s Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He has also received the Commander of the North Star Order from King Karl Gustav XVI of Sweden.