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Kristjan Järvi
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Biography:
Estonian)born and American)raised, conductor Kristjan Järvi is a unique musical personality pushing classical
music borders with fresh ideas, charisma and technical prowess. Hailed by The$New$York$Times as “a kinetic
force on the podium, like Leonard Bernstein reborn,” Järvi has combined his classical roots and affinity for
traditional repertoire with an infectious enthusiasm for creating original programs; propelling classical
concert halls around the globe into the 21
st
Century.
Kristjan Järvi’s name has become synonymous with artistic and cultural diversity, embodied in his roles as
Artistic Advisor to the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Founder and Music Director of New York’s Absolute
Ensemble. His imaginative programming has been embraced by leaders of classical, jazz and world music
spheres alike. Järvi’s authentic commitment to all genres is reflected in his collaborations with Arvo Pärt, Tan
Dun, John Adams, Esa)Pekka Salonen, H.K Gruber, Renee Fleming, Joe Zawinul, Benny Andersson, Goran
Bregovic, Paquito d’Rivera, Eitetsu Hayashi and Marcel Khalife.
Kristjan Järvi has actively sought the commission of over 100 new works. Premieres in the 2009)10 Season
included works by Indian composer Nitin Sawhney with the London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Schnyder
with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, James MacMillan with the London Symphony Orchestra and Tim
Garland with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Järvi also recorded Arvo Pärt’s newly
commissioned Stabat$Mater with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. The recording, entitled
Cantique, marks Järvi's first record release since becoming an exclusive Sony Classical artist in June 2010.
Kristjan Järvi is a dynamic and enterprising music educator. He is Founding Conductor and Music Director of
the Baltic Youth Philharmonic. With the support of former German chancellor Schroeder, Valery Gergiev,
Kurt Masur, Esa)Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski and Mariss Jansons, the Baltic Youth Philharmonic aims to
become an education and performance hub for the Baltic region.












Kristjan Järvi
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