Important names in Estonian culture: conductor Neeme Järvi


Neeme Järvi is Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest (The Hague), Conductor Laureate and Artistic Advisor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, First Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

During his long and highly successful career, Neeme Järvi has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle and BBC Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the major orchestras of Scandinavia and the symphony orchestras of Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. In the US he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony and Philhadelphia Orchestras. His operatic engagements have included the Metropolitan Opera, the Téatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Opéra de Paris (Bastille) and San Francisco Opera.

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Maestro Järvi has amassed a distinguished recording repertoire that includes more than 400 discs on the Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, BIS, Orfeo, EMI and BMG labels, as well as on the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s independent label. In addition to a number of operas, he has recorded complete symphony cycles of Wilhelm Stenhammar and Hugo Alfvén; Niels Gade and Carl Nielsen, Sibelius, Brahms and Franz Schmidt, Martinů and Dvořák, Estonian composers Arvo Pärt and Eduard Tubin; Glazunov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich and many others. Neeme Järvi and Göteborg Symfoniker (GSO) were awarded a Swedish Grammy for their recording of Aurora, Music from the Far North, and this reflects the high standard to which the orchestra were raised under his direction.

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”. He is also the honorary member of Estonian Theatre and Music Museum’s council board. Neeme Järvi holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Detroit’s Wayne State University, as well as honorary degrees from the University of Aberdeen, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the University of Michigan; and Commander of the North Star Order from King Karl Gustav XVI of Sweden.

Järvi and his wife Liilia have three children, the conductors Paavo Järvi and Kristjan Järvi, and flutist Maarika Järvi. After their emigration to America, the Järvi family settled initially in Rumson, New Jersey. He and his wife now make their home in New York City

Source:  http://www.neemejarvi.ee/bioeng.html

In this video: Neeme Järvi conducts Gustav Mahler Symphony .

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1 Response to “Important names in Estonian culture: conductor Neeme Järvi”


  1. 1 Filip Laurits August 13, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    First of all, this is a fantastically nice initiative, presenting important names in Estonian culture: there are many and they should be more known internationally.
    And secondly, myself living in Gothenburg and being half Estonian, I’m glad to see Neeme Järvi being the first to get presented here, since he after all is the “Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra”.


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