Estonian Festival Orchestra

Strategic artistic planning and international touring for the "hand-picked" Estonian Festival Orchestra

Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166

Overview

In 2010 Paavo Järvi, founded the Pärnu Music Festival. Set in a charming, sea-side resort 90 km south of Tallinn, the festival offers both conducting master-classes and concerts. As a festival celebrating the orchestra at its heart, a year later, Järvi created a new ensemble which has become the uncontested highlight of the summer season; the Estonian Festival Orchestra. The hand-picked orchestra not only brings together the best of Estonian talent but the leading musicians from Europe’s top orchestras, resulting in performances which are now gaining international acclaim.

“An important component in creating the orchestra was to ‘match-make’ the players in a professional way but within the festival atmosphere” says Järvi. “This unifying spirit is what drives the orchestra and makes me particularly proud as its father figure.”

In 2010 Paavo Järvi founded the Pärnu Music Festival. Set in the charming, old-fashioned sea-side resort 90 km south of Tallinn, the festival offers both conducting master-classes and concerts. As a festival celebrating the orchestra at its heart, a year later, Järvi created a new ensemble which has become the uncontested highlight of the summer season; the Estonian Festival Orchestra. The hand-picked orchestra not only brings together the best of Estonian talent but the leading musicians from Europe’s top orchestras, resulting in performances which are now gaining international acclaim.

“An important component in creating the orchestra was to ‘match-make’ the players in a professional way but within the festival atmosphere” says Järvi. “This unifying spirit is what drives the orchestra and makes me particularly proud as its father figure.”

For Paavo Järvi, the creation of the Estonian Festival Orchestra is potentially one of his most important musical achievements to date – a recognition of his native country and a celebration of its cultural identity within Europe.

Until now the Estonian Festival Orchestra has performed only in Pärnu but in August 2017 it will make its first tour performing in neighbouring countries around the Baltic coast and at Scandinavia’s most prominent festivals. In January 2018, in celebration of the year of Estonian Independence, the orchestra will then spread its wings further afield for a major tour of Europe’s most important cities. This will be followed by a summer tour to key European summer festivals.

As the orchestra embarks on this new chapter, HarrisonParrott will work as consultant, advising on its artistic and strategic planning, as well as working exclusively on all of their international touring.