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Paavo Järvi – Music Director

Paavo Järvi has been our Music Director since the 2019/20 season. We find playing under him wonderful, because a special energy is created – and no two concerts are ever alike.

Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting in his hometown, Tallinn, when Estonia was still part of the Soviet Union. In 1980, the entire family emigrated to the United States, where Paavo Järvi continued his studies in Los Angeles under Leonard Bernstein. In 2001 he became Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; to this day, he maintains links with the ensemble as Music Director Laureate. Cincinnati was the first of several important international postings: the United States were followed by Germany, France and Japan.

Just as he maintains links with «his» orchestras, Järvi also remains connected with his Estonian homeland, where he supports and promotes Estonian composers. In 2011, together with his father, Neeme Järvi, he founded the Pärnu Music Festival and the Järvi Academy. Paavo Järvi is also a co-founder of Zurich’s Conductors’ Academy, whose winners are also invited to the Järvi Academy.

Paavo Järvi’s influence in Zurich is documented in his first CD recordings made with the orchestra.

«What music is capable of as art is subtle, but powerful. It touches our whole being – in a world of efficiency, productivity and structures that demand a great deal of us. We must create a counterbalance in this world, which we should encounter with humanity – with music, for example.»

In addition, Paavo Järvi…

  • works as a guest conductor with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the New York Philharmonic
  • has been Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo) since 2015
  • is Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
  • was Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris until 2016
  • is Conductor Laureate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Music Director Laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • was honoured for his interpretations of Beethoven in 2010 and won the OPUS KLASSIK award for Conductor of the Year in 2019
January 2023
Wed 18. Jan
19.30

Chen Reiss singt Mendelssohn

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Emmanuel Pahud Flöte, Chen Reiss Sopran, Marie Henriette Reinhold Sopran, Patrick Grahl Tenor, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung Tüür, Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Thu 19. Jan
19.30

Chen Reiss singt Mendelssohn

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Emmanuel Pahud Flöte, Chen Reiss Sopran, Marie Henriette Reinhold Sopran, Patrick Grahl Tenor, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung Tüür, Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Fri 20. Jan
19.30

Chen Reiss singt Mendelssohn

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Emmanuel Pahud Flöte, Chen Reiss Sopran, Marie Henriette Reinhold Sopran, Patrick Grahl Tenor, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung Tüür, Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Thu 26. Jan
12.15

Orchester-Lunchkonzert mit Paavo Järvi

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Antoine Tamestit Viola Berlioz
Thu 26. Jan
18.30

tonhalleCRUSH – classic meets folk

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Sara Taubman-Hildebrand Moderation Brahms
Fri 27. Jan
19.30

Freundeskreis-Konzert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Antoine Tamestit Viola Berlioz, Brahms
Restkarten ca. 3 Wochen vor Konzert
Sat 28. Jan
18.30

Freundeskreis-Konzert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Antoine Tamestit Viola Berlioz, Brahms
Restkarten ca. 3 Wochen vor Konzert
March
Wed 22. Mar
19.30

Fazil Say spielt Mozart

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Fazıl Say Klavier Mozart, Strauss
Thu 23. Mar
19.30

Fazil Say spielt Mozart

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Fazıl Say Klavier Mozart, Strauss
Wed 29. Mar
19.30

Yuja Wang spielt Rachmaninov

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Yuja Wang Klavier Hosokawa, Rachmaninow
Thu 30. Mar
12.15

Orchester-Lunchkonzert mit Paavo Järvi

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director Rachmaninow
Thu 30. Mar
19.30

Yuja Wang spielt Rachmaninov

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Yuja Wang Klavier Hosokawa, Rachmaninow
April
Sat 01. Apr
19.30

Orpheum Konzert mit Paavo Järvi

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Leia Zhu Violine, Alexandra Dovgan Klavier Tschaikowsky, Chopin, Ravel
June
Wed 07. Jun
19.30

Frank Peter Zimmermann spielt Elgar

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Frank Peter Zimmermann Violine Elgar, Schostakowitsch
Thu 08. Jun
19.30

Frank Peter Zimmermann spielt Elgar

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Frank Peter Zimmermann Violine Elgar, Schostakowitsch
Fri 09. Jun
22.00

tonhalleLATE – classic meets electronic

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director Schostakowitsch
Fri 16. Jun
19.30

Paavo Järvi dirigiert «Fidelio»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Jacquelyn Wagner Sopran – Leonore, Michael Schade Tenor – Florestan, Christof Fischesser Bass – Rocco, Katharina Konradi Sopran – Marzelline, Patrick Grahl Tenor – Jaquino, Shenyang Bassbariton – Don Pizarro, Tareq Nazmi Bariton – Don Fernando, NN Sprecher, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung, Ben Hurkmans Dramaturgie, Eva Buchmann Konzept, Regie Beethoven
Sun 18. Jun
17.00

Paavo Järvi dirigiert «Fidelio»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Jacquelyn Wagner Sopran – Leonore, Michael Schade Tenor – Florestan, Christof Fischesser Bass – Rocco, Katharina Konradi Sopran – Marzelline, Patrick Grahl Tenor – Jaquino, Shenyang Bassbariton – Don Pizarro, Tareq Nazmi Bariton – Don Fernando, NN Sprecher, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung, Ben Hurkmans Dramaturgie, Eva Buchmann Konzept, Regie Beethoven
Fri 23. Jun
20.30

tonhalleAIR

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Sandra Studer Moderation Bizet, Dukas, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Ravel
March 2022
Fri 25. Mar
22.00

tonhalleLATE – classic meets electronic

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, anschliessend Live Act, Visuals und DJ interpretieren klassische Motive neu , Mirko Loko Live, Céline Fankhauser Arrangements, FIONA & 2M (Naturklang) DJ Sets, Elisabeth Harringer-Pignat Elektro-Violine, Mio Yamamoto Elektro-Violine, Sarina Zickgraf Elektro-Viola, Paul Handschke Elektro-Violoncello, Mattia Zappa Elektro-Violoncello, Diego Baroni Klarinette, Bassklarinette, Atena Carte Klavier, Kollektiv Packungsbeilage Visuals Adams
June
Wed 15. Jun
19.30

Paavo Järvi und Igor Levit

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Igor Levit Klavier Bernstein, Gershwin, Hindemith
Thu 16. Jun
12.15

Orchester-Lunchkonzert mit Paavo Järvi

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director Bernstein, Hindemith
Thu 16. Jun
19.30

Paavo Järvi und Igor Levit

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director Bernstein, Gershwin, Hindemith
Fri 17. Jun
19.30

NEW: Paavo Järvi and Kirill Gerstein

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Kirill Gerstein Klavier Bernstein, Gershwin, Hindemith
Sun 19. Jun
11.15

The Management Symphony

The Management Symphony, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Anton Gerzenberg Klavier Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Dvořák
Wed 22. Jun
19.30

Freundeskreis-Konzert «Carmina Burana»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Alina Wunderlin Sopran, Max Emanuel Cencic Countertenor, Russell Braun Bariton, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung, Zürcher Sängerknaben, Konrad von Aarburg Einstudierung, Alphons von Aarburg Einstudierung Orff
Thu 23. Jun
19.30

«Carmina Burana»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Cressida Sharp Sopran, Max Emanuel Cencic Countertenor, Russell Braun Bariton, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung, Zürcher Sängerknaben, Konrad von Aarburg Einstudierung, Alphons von Aarburg Einstudierung Orff
Sat 25. Jun
18.30

«Carmina Burana»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Alina Wunderlin Sopran, Max Emanuel Cencic Countertenor, Russell Braun Bariton, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung, Zürcher Sängerknaben, Konrad von Aarburg Einstudierung, Alphons von Aarburg Einstudierung Orff
September
Wed 21. Sep
19.30

Hilary Hahn spielt Sibelius

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Hilary Hahn Violine Nielsen, Sibelius, Prokofjew
Thu 22. Sep
12.15

Orchester-Lunchkonzert mit Paavo Järvi

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director Prokofjew
Thu 22. Sep
19.30

Hilary Hahn spielt Sibelius

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Hilary Hahn Violine Nielsen, Sibelius, Prokofjew
Sat 24. Sep
19.00

Europäische Kulturpreisgala

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Nigel Kennedy Violine, Sir Bryn Terfel Bassbariton, Sol Gabetta Violoncello, Camilla Nylund Sopran, Die Toten Hosen Rockband, Yello Pop-Duo, Sandra Studer Moderation, Axel Brüggemann Moderation Rossini, Wagner, Die Toten Hosen, Sakamoto, Strauss, Tschaikowsky, Berlioz
October
Wed 26. Oct
19.30

Paavo Järvi mit Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Rudolf Buchbinder Klavier Pärt, Beethoven, Bruckner
Thu 27. Oct
19.30

Paavo Järvi mit Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Rudolf Buchbinder Klavier Pärt, Beethoven, Bruckner
Fri 28. Oct
19.30

Paavo Järvi mit Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Rudolf Buchbinder Klavier Pärt, Beethoven, Bruckner
November
Thu 03. Nov
18.30

tonhalleCRUSH

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Sara Taubman-Hildebrand Moderation Bruckner
Fri 04. Nov
19.30

Galakonzert Freundeskreis

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Janine Jansen Violine Messiaen, Bernstein, Bruckner
Sat 05. Nov
18.30

Janine Jansen spielt Bernstein

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Janine Jansen Violine Messiaen, Bernstein, Bruckner
Sun 06. Nov
17.00

Janine Jansen spielt Bernstein

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Janine Jansen Violine Messiaen, Bernstein, Bruckner
Fri 18. Nov
19.30

Conductors' Academy – Abschlusskonzert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Matthias Rácz Fagott, Jaehyuck Choi Dirigent, Mirian Khukhunaishvili Dirigent, Eleni Kotsmanidou Dirigentin, Mauro Mariani Dirigent, Sasha Yankevych Dirigent, Agata Zając Dirigentin, Andrea Thilo Moderation Strauss (Sohn), Weber, Schumann
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