Paavo Järvi

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Paavo Järvi (Finnish: [ˈpɑːvo ˈjærvi]; born 30 December 1962) is an Estonian conductor.

Järvi was born in Tallinn, Estonia, to conductor Neeme Järvi and Liilia Järvi. His siblings, Kristjan Järvi and Maarika Järvi, are also musicians. After leaving Estonia, the family settled in Rumson, New Jersey.[1] He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Max Rudolf and Otto-Werner Mueller, and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.

From 1994 to 1997, Järvi was principal conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. From 1995 to 1998, he shared the title of principal conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis. Järvi was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 2001 to 2011. The orchestra made a number of recordings for the Telarc label during Järvi's tenure. In May 2011, he was named the orchestra's Music Director Laureate. Since 2004, he has been the artistic director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen and an Artistic Advisor to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, Järvi became the principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra,[2] and served in the post until 2014. In 2010, he became music director of the Orchestre de Paris.[3] He is scheduled to conclude his tenure with the Orchestre de Paris at the conclusion of his current contract, at the end of the summer of 2016.[4] In June 2012, the NHK Symphony Orchestra named Järvi its next chief conductor, beginning in the 2015–2016 season, with an initial contract of three years.[5]

Järvi has recorded for the RCA label as well as Deutsche Grammophon, Pentatone, Telarc, ECM, BIS and Virgin Records. His Virgin Classics recording of Sibelius Cantatas with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir and Ellerhein Girls Choir won a Grammy Award for "Best Choral Performance".

Järvi has two daughters from his past marriage to the violinist Tatiana Berman.[6]


  1. ^ Wise, Brian (April 18, 2004). "A Maestro And His Plans For Reshaping An Orchestra". The New York Times ( Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Orozco-Estrada wird neuer Chefdirigent" (Press release). Hessischer Rundfunk. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Matthew Westphal (2007-05-31). "Paavo Järvi to Succeed Christoph Eschenbach at Helm of Orchestre de Paris". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  4. ^ George Loomis (2014-08-28). "France’s New Music Temple". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Paavo Järvi Appointed as Chief Conductor From the 2015/16 season" (Press release). NHK Symphony Orchestra. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  6. ^ Arenstein, Anne (2011-10-11). "Combining Artistic Energies: The Constella Festival". City Beat. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 

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Preceded by
James DePreist
Principal Conductor, Malmö Symphony Orchestra
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Christoph König
Preceded by
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Principal Conductor, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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Alan Gilbert
Preceded by
Daniel Harding
Artistic Director, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen
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Preceded by
Christoph Eschenbach
Music Director, Orchestre de Paris
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