Kristjan Järvi has “earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers on the classical scene.”[Reuters] Curating and conducting his original, genre-fusing projects with an individual approach and style, his concerts have been proclaimed a “life-enhancing experience.” [Herald Scotland]
He realises his pioneering ideas with his four ensembles: as Music Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, as Founder-Conductor of his New York-based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble, and as Founder and Music Director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, the cornerstone of the Baltic Sea Music Education System. An entrepreneur by nature and a passionate educator, Kristjan Järvi leads both the oldest Radio Orchestras in Europe and the newest Youth Orchestra. On-going guest engagements include: London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C), the Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony Japan. In 2012 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
In August 2015 Kristjan Järvi conducted the world premier of Mark Anthony Turnages’ “Dialogue” for violin, violoncello and orchestra with his Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. They also toured throughout Germany performing in cities such as Hamburg and Lübeck at Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival as well as Stuttgart and Baden-Baden.
In 2008 he founded the Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra assembling the most talented music students from all Baltic Sea States. Together they won the European Cultural Award in 2015 for its commitment to promoting dialogue between European states and regions. Kristjan Järvi continues working with the orchestra during the recent season and will tour with the young musicians in spring 2016 again.
In the season 2015/16, which will be his fourth as chief conductor of the MDR Leipzig Radio Orchestra, many innovative programs in unusual places are planned. Furthermore a new CD was released by Naïve in collaboration with Arvo Pärt celebrating the composers 80th birthday.
In January 2016 the conductor will make his debut with the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich with works by Bernstein, Milhaud, Jacob ter Veldhius and Tchaikovsky. Further engagements will take Kristjan Järvi to orchestras in Malaysia, China, Japan, England, Norway and Estland including several youth orchestras which he supports being a dynamic and dedicated teacher.
As a recording artist Järvi has more than 60 albums to his credit, from Hollywood soundtracks such as ‘Cloud Atlas’ and award-winning albums on Sony and Chandos, to his eponymous series on renowned French label Naïve Classique: the ‘Kristjan Järvi Sound Project.’ This ambitious project was conceived over a period of several years and reflects the full musical range of this charismatic conductor. Launched in 2014, the series features projects across all of Kristjan Järvi’s ensembles and is characterised by the conductor's unmistakable approach in taking a fresh look at the old, with concepts and presentation that transcend the borders of classical music.
Kristjan Järvi’s continues to work with some of today’s brightest creative minds, from film directors Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, to composers and artists Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Tan Dun, Hauschka, Dhafer Youssef, Anoushka Shankar and Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom he started his career as Assistant Conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Born in Estonia, Kristjan Järvi emigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in New York City. He is an accomplished pianist and graduated from Manhattan School of Music followed by conducting studies at the University of Michigan.
Kristjan Järvi is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.
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