The conductor and his »dream team«
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and their long-standing Artistic Director Paavo Järvi are united by the language of music and the shared desire to continually develop and improve. This brilliant pairing of conductor and orchestra has enthralled audiences around the globe with powerful, yet nuanced interpretations of classical compositions since 2004. Paavo Järvi’s passion for detail and meticulous analysis of musical works and their composers is reflected in the orchestra’s distinctive approach, creating a collaborative relationship that is characterized by energy and vitality, curiosity and openness.
From Paris to Tokyo
The CD recordings of Beethoven’s nine symphonies and the orchestra’s live performances of the complete Beethoven symphony cycle in Tokyo, Yokohama, Lanaudière, Paris, Strasbourg, Montreal, Bonn, Salzburg, in Warsaw, São Paulo and the Forbidden City in Beijing received the highest acclaim. For his Beethoven interpretations, Paavo Järvi received the 2010 Echo Klassik Conductor of the Year award.
The Schumann project received similar praise: »Once again, Bremen’s dream team under Järvi has done a magnificent job. In Schumann as well, the Kammerphilharmonie cannot be beaten.« (NDR Kultur) The third CD featuring Symphony No. 4 and the Concert Piece for Four Horns won the prestigious French Diapason d´Or music prize.
The latest major project is dedicated to the works of Johannes Brahms and has received enthusiastic reviews and standing ovations around the world, with the ›New York Times‹ for example describing the Brahms interpretations from Bremen as »triumphal«. The first recordings, including Brahms’ 2nd Symphony, was awarded an Opus Klassik in 2018.
Paavo Järvi was destined to love music. He was born in Tallinn in 1962 as the son of conductor Neeme Järvi. He studied conducting and percussion in Estonia, before moving to the United States in 1980, where he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and with Leonard Bernstein. In 1995, he returned to Europe to assume the first major post in his conducting career – as Principal Conductor of the Kungliga Filharmoniska Orkestern in Stockholm. Other stepping stones were with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Grammy Award-winner Paavo Järvi has been Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2004. Other key positions have included Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. In the 2019/20 season he also became Principal Conductor with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He is also Artistic Adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Järvi Summer Festival in Pärnu, Estonia.
Järvi regularly makes appearances as a guest conductor with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras, the Staatskappelle Dresden and the New York Philharmonics, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At the annual presentation of the renowned Gramophone Classical Music Awards in London in 2015, Paavo Järvi was honoured with the title ›Artist of the Year‹, one of the most prestigious classical music prizes there is, and also received the Sibelius Medal in Paris. In the same year, Paavo Järvi was also named ›Artist of the Year‹ by the French magazine Diapason.