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Neeme-JarviThe head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most respected maestros. He conducts many of the world’s prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of over 450 recordings.
Over his long and highly successful career he has held positions with orchestras across the world. This season he takes up his tenure as Artistic andMusic Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.He is currently Artistic Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of both the Residentie Orkest and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the titles of Principal Conductor Emeritus of theGothenburg Symphony Orchestraand Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Recent and future seasons include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra amongst others, and a return to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. This season he also continues his regular relationships with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Soloist collaborations includeJanine Jansen, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin, Evgeny Kissin, Truls Mørk and Frank-Peter Zimmerman.
Highlights of an impressive discography include critically acclaimed complete symphony cycles of Prokofiev, Sibelius, Nielsen and Brahms. Järvi has also championed less widely known composers such as Wilhelm Stenhammar, Hugo Alfvén and Niels Gade, and composers from his native Estonia including Rudolf Tobias, Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt. Throughout his career he has recorded with Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, Bis and Emi amongst others.
Chandos recently released an album of highlights from Jarvi’s recording career to celebrate his 75th birthday. Throughout this season they will release a number of his recordings including Svendsen’s Cello Concerto with Truls Mørk as well as Tchaikovsky’sSwan Lake with the Bergen Philharmonic, Parry’s choral works with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Suppe with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Atterberg with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Chabrier and Raff with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Throughout his career, 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 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”. 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 Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.