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Artistic & Music Director: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Artistic Director: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Chief Conductor Emeritus: Residentie Orkest
Music Director Emeritus: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Principal Conductor Emeritus: Gothenburg Symphony


In high demand as a guest conductor, recent and future seasons for Neeme Järvi include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker, as well as the major orchestras in the USA, and regular engagements with the NHK and Singapore Symphony orchestras. He also continues his regular relationships with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (for a number of recording and concert projects).  

Highlights of an impressive discography include critically acclaimed complete orchestral cycles of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Dvořák, Glazunov, Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen and Brahms. Järvi has also championed less widely known composers such as Wilhelm Stenhammar, Hugo Alfvén and Niels Gade, Franz Berwald, Johann Svendsen and Johan Halvorsen of Norway and composers from his native Estonia including Rudolf Tobias, Artur Kapp, Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt.

Recent and future releases on Chandos include Tchaikovsky’s Complete Ballets with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, symphonies and orchestral music by Swiss composer Joachim Raff as well as music by Massenet, Chabrier, Saint-Saëns, Atterberg and Xaver Scharwenka.

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"Neeme Järvi, the distinguished Estonian conductor, guided the group with an efficient and relaxed hand through colorful works of Kodaly, Liszt and Prokofiev. You could see the confidence and enjoyment he engendered in the faces and body language of the players" (Robert Battey, The Washington Post, November 2013)

“This superb Chabrier compendium [is] a triumph in all respects… Järvi’s account is enormously charismatic and his wonderful Swiss orchestra plays with incredible verve and élan… Certainly the strut and swagger Järvi brings is hugely entertaining and, indeed, this fabulously played and recorded disc seems at once so infectiously vital yet completely unostentatious that somehow Chabrier’s music seems elevated and ennobled by these performances in ways one could never have contemplated before” (Michael Jameson, International Record Review, June 2013)

“Järvi is a first-rate Sibelius interpreter, as his recordings testify. His Tchaikovsky has an effortless sense of style. He can boast an extensive operatic repertoire, having served 13 years as opera chief in Tallinn. His Prokofiev, Grieg and Richard Strauss are among the best in the CD catalogue.” (Andrew Clarke, Financial Times, May 2013)

“Indisputably one of the great master conductors.” (David Nice, The Arts Desk, May 2013)“Neeme Järvi and his Suisse Romande players seem to be having a whale of a time…that’s the impression that these extremely vital performances suggest. This very well-recorded new disc is a perfect place to dip a toe into Raffian waters.” (Rob Cowan, Gramophone, April 2013)

“Neeme Järvi’s greatest virtue as a conductor has been his omnivorous repertoire; and his greatest contribution to the catalogue has been a series of recordings of less-familiar material, played with tremendous conviction and panache.  As listeners, we have certainly been enriched by his recordings of underrated composers…” (Peter J. Rabinowitz, International Record Review, February 2013)

"This is pure pleasure...this marvellous new disc from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Neeme Järvi is a collection of sparkling gems... Järvi paces each masterfully, from the cheeky seduction of Le Rouet d’Omphale to the battle between pleasure and virtue of La Jeunesse d’Hercule" (BBC Music Magazine, June 2012)

"You can see his body pulse with the beat and momentum of the music... So how does that explain the incandescent, throttling intensity of the Sibelius First Symphony performance the RSNO produced for him on Saturday? It doesn't. It's just sheer, total chemistry. They are the vehicle. Jarvi is the catalyst. He lets them play and moulds, with infinite flexibility, what they produce: on the spot and spontaneous. It was complete magic. Majestic, intense and inexplicable." (The Herald, April 2012)

"Järvi is a grand master." (5*, BBC Music Magazine, September 2011)

“…the whole largely surges forward to inexorable tragedy, assuming a voice without vocals, polished and shaped by Järvi into a performance of powerful climaxes… the rest was all clarity, mystery and warm breadth from an RSNO on top form.” (The Times, February 2010)

“Thrilling virtuosity and musicianship… a triumph!” (Gramophone Magazine, November 2009)

“Järvi belied his Calvinist-minister demeanour by tugging the LPO towards a final blaze of passion.” (The Times, October 2009)

“Järvi works hand in glove with his soloists and the result is a triumph.” (Gramophone, September 2009)