Paavo Järvi

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Paavo Järvi

Paavo Järvi (born December 30, 1962 in Tallinn , Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic , USSR ) is an Estonian conductor .


Paavo Järvi is the son of the conductor Neeme Järvi and his wife Liilia. His siblings Kristjan Järvi (* 1972) and Maarika Järvi (* 1964) are also musicians. He began his studies ( drums and conducting) in Tallinn. At that time, Järvi played drums in Erkki-Sven Tüür's chamber music rock ensemble In Spe , this formation developed into one of the most popular rock groups in Estonia in the early 1980s. In 1980 Järvi traveled to the USA with the whole family . There he continued his training at the Curtis Institute of Music with Otto-Werner Mueller and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein .

He began his conducting career - together with Andrew Davis - as the director of the Kungliga Filharmoniska Orkestern in Stockholm (1995-1998). From 2001 to 2011 Järvi was chief conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra , to which he is now associated as Conductor Laureate . In 2004 he became artistic director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen . 2006-2013 he was the successor of Hugh Wolff chief conductor, now Conductor Laureate , the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt . In addition, he was appointed chief conductor of the Orchester de Paris for the 2010/2011 season, succeeding Christoph Eschenbach . In 2012, Järvi was appointed new chief conductor by the NHK Symphony Orchestra from the 2015/2016 season. At the end of May 2017 he was appointed chief conductor and artistic director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich for the 2019/2020 season.

In 2009 the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen recorded Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony based on Urtext under Paavo Järvis direction . This recording, like the recordings of the rest of the Beethoven symphonies, received great praise from the critics. In 2012 Järvi received the Paul Hindemith Prize from the city of Hanau .

In the Rhine-Main area, Järvi started the Music Discovery Project together with Hessischer Rundfunk . As part of this project, an annual concert is performed in which the Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra performs together with DJs and other pop artists. Paavo Järvi took part in the first three concerts from 2007.


  • Alexander Gurdon: Järvi, Paavo . In: Julian Caskel, Hartmut Hein (Hrsg.): Handbuch Dirigenten. 250 portraits . Bärenreiter, Kassel 2015, ISBN 978-3-7618-2174-9 , pp. 214-216.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Peter Hagmann: Tonhalle Zürich - A man with qualities. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung , May 30, 2017.
  2. Kai Luehrs-Kaiser: Beethoven's Ninth - Update for Eternity. In: Spiegel Online . November 4, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2017 .
  3. Music: Conductor Paavo Järvi receives Paul Hindemith Prize. In: Focus Online . September 28, 2012, accessed May 30, 2017 .