Biography Kristjan Järvi (English version)
Born in Estonia and grown up in the USA, Kristjan Järvi is a unique musical personality who has time and again extended the definition of classical music. Järvi combines his classical musical origins and his love for the traditional repertoire with his persuasive passion for present-day programs. His name stands for artistic and cultural diversity, a concept that he has subscribed to already 20 years ago as the founder and principal conductor of the "Absolute Ensemble". His commitment to music of all genres is reflected in his collaboration with artists such as John Adams, Benny Andersson, Goran Bregovic, Tan Dun, Renée Fleming, HK Gruber, Eitetsu Hayashi, Marcel Khalifé, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Paquito D’Rivera, Esa Pekka Salonen, Joe Zawinul and others.
In addition to the London Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi works regularly with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, D.C. He has accepted further invitations to conduct the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Japan, the DSO Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsorchester. He founded the Absolute Academy at the Bremen Music Festival, and was principal conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.
Järvi has recorded more than 30 albums
As a tireless champion of New Music, Kristjan Järvi has been responsible for well over 100 commissioned pieces. He has recorded more than 60 albums already, and received various awards. Moreover, Järvi is a dynamic and committed music pedagogue. He is the founder and Music Director of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, which has set itself the objective of taking over a key role in the musical training and concert life of the Baltic countries. Since 2015, a new edition has been brought into life: The Baltic Sea Philharmonic that allows players above the age of 25 years.
Kristjan Järvi studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music, and conducting at the University of Michigan. He started his career as an assistant to Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Los Angeles Philharmonic; thereafter, he was appointed principal conductor and musical director of the opera and symphony orchestra in Norrland in Sweden (2000 - 2004) as well as of the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich in Vienna (2004 - 2009).
Kristjan Järvi is principal conductor of the MDR LEIPZIG RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA since September 2012.