Neeme Järvi


The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most highly respected maestros. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of nearly 500 recordings.

Over his long and highly successful career he has worked with the most prestigious orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker, as well as the major orchestras in the USA including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. He also continues to have regular relationships with the NHK, Shanghai and Singapore Symphony orchestras as well as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Goteburg Symphoniker and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Neeme Järvi has held positions with orchestras across the world. He is currently Artistic Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, as well as holding the title of Music Director Emeritus with both the Residentie Orkest and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is also Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony, Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Head of Conducting/Artistic Advisor of the Gstaad Conducting Academy. He was Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande until summer 2015, and ended his tenure with a European tour.

Neeme Järvi has recorded with Chandos for over thirty years and his most recent disc is A Festival of Fucík with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Other recent releases include Tchaikovsky’s Complete Ballets with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, symphonies and orchestral music by Swiss composer Joachim Raff and music by Massenet, Chabrier, Saint-Saëns, Atterberg, Suchon, Ibert and Xaver Scharwenka. Highlights of his extensive discography include critically acclaimed complete orchestral cycles of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Dvořák, Glazunov, Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen and Brahms. Järvi has also championed less widely known composers such as Wilhelm Stenhammar, Hugo Alfvén and Niels Gade, Franz Berwald, Johann Svendsen and Johan Halvorsen of Norway and composers from his native Estonia including Rudolf Tobias, Artur Kapp, Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt. Throughout his career he has also recorded with Deutsche Grammophon, BIS and EMI.

Neeme Järvi has been honoured with many international awards and accolades. From his native country 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 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.’ Neeme Järvi holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Detroit’s Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He has also received the Commander of the North Star Order from King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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