Kristjan Järvi

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Kristjan Järvi (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈkristjɑn ˈjærʋi]) (born 13 June 1972, Tallinn) is an Estonian-born American conductor. Järvi is the younger son of Neeme Järvi, and the brother of conductor Paavo Järvi and flutist Maarika Järvi.

When Järvi was age 7, his family emigrated to the United States and settled in Rumson, New Jersey. He grew up in New York City. Järvi studied piano with Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music. He later went on to study conducting at the University of Michigan under Kenneth Kiesler.

From 1998 to 2000, Järvi was Assistant Conductor to Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He and the composer Gene Pritsker co-founded the Absolute Ensemble, based in New York City, in 1993, with Järvi as its music director. In 2007, Järvi and the Absolute Ensemble were awarded the Deutsche Bank Prize for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

Järvi was Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Norrlands Opera Symphony Orchestra of Umeå in Sweden from 2000 to 2004. From 2004 to 2009, Järvi was Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, Vienna. Järvi is also the current Artistic Advisor to the Kammerorchester Basel and the conductor and founder of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic. In April 2011, Järvi was appointed the next chief conductor of the MDR Symphony Orchestra (MDR Sinfonieorchester) from the 2012-13 season on, with an initial contract of 3 years.

In addition to a Grammy nomination, Järvi has previously been awarded the German Record Critics Prize and a Swedish Grammy for the recording of Hilding Rosenberg's opera "Isle of Bliss". He has recorded Leonard Bernstein's Mass with the Tonkünstler Orchestra and Absolute Ensemble. While Järvi's repertoire includes pieces from the Classic and Romantic periods, he is also a specialist for 20th-century composers and contemporary music, having commissioned works by Arvo Pärt, Heinz Karl Gruber, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Ezequiel Viñao, Peeter Vähi and Joe Zawinul, among others. In 2014 Järvi and French record label Naïve Classique launched the 'Kristjan Järvi Sound Project', an on-going series featuring recordings from all of Järvi's ensembles.

Järvi's philanthropic activities include founding the Estonian Orphanage Music Outreach foundation and the Absolute Academy in Bremen.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Supreme Silence Peeter Vähi; Estonian National Male Choir, English Handbell Ensemble Arsis, Irén Lovász, Kristjan Järvi 1
1999 Architectonics Erkki-Sven Tüür; Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi 2
2000 Absolute Mix Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi 1
2000 Absolution Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi 1
2002 Fix Absolute, Kristjan Järvi 1
2002 Musica triste: Estonian Flute Concertos Maarika Järvi, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi 1
2003 Celestials Peeter Vähi, Urmas Sisask; Maarika Järvi, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi 1
2005 Arcanum Ezequiel Viñao; Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi 1
2006 Zeitstimmung HK Gruber; Tonkünstler Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi, HK Gruber 1
2007 Atterberg: Cello Concerto / Brahms/Atterberg: String Sextet in G major Kurt Atterberg, Johannes Brahms; The Symphony Orchestra of NorrlandsOperan, Kristjan Järvi, Truls Mørk 1
2010 Cantique Arvo Pärt; Kristjan Järvi 1
2011 Three Movements / The Desert Music Steve Reich; Chorus Sine Nomine, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Kristjan Järvi 1
2011 Arabian Nights Absolute Ensemble & Kristjan Järvi feat. Bachar Khalifé, Marcel Khalifé, Bassam Saba, Daniel Schnyder & Rami Khalifé 1
2012 Two Souls Khachaturian, Barber; Mikhail Simonyan, London Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 9. Symphonie Beethoven/Mahler; Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Kristjan Järvi 1

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