Estonian Festival Orchestra

Overview

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

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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.

Marvão International Music Festival

Overview

The Marvão International Music Festival takes place in the midst of unique and unforgettable scenery at the summit of the highest mountain south of the Tagus, in the walled town of Marvão, Alentejo.

Founded in 2014 by HarrisonParrott artist Christoph Poppen, the Festival attracts visitors from all over the world and has been hailed for providing “Music at the highest level” (Diário de Notícias). At the same time, it remains firmly rooted in the Alentejo region and provides a cultural experience that is unique to the area. Poppen’s founding vision is for a festival that embraces different artforms and musical styles and that reaches

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The Marvão International Music Festival takes place in the midst of unique and unforgettable scenery at the summit of the highest mountain south of the Tagus, in the walled town of Marvão, Alentejo.

Founded in 2014 by HarrisonParrott artist Christoph Poppen, the Festival attracts visitors from all over the world and has been hailed for providing “Music at the highest level” (Diário de Notícias). At the same time, it remains firmly rooted in the Alentejo region and provides a cultural experience that is unique to the area. Poppen’s founding vision is for a festival that embraces different artforms and musical styles and that reaches out to the many, not the few.

The Festival, which takes place in July every year, is expected to attract 3,000+ unique visitors in 2016, who will have the opportunity to attend up to 40 events, including concerts and recitals, talks, guided city tours and an exclusive post-concert feast by internationally-renowned chef Thorsten Gillert in cooperation with Chef Julio Vintém.

In total, more than 300 exceptional musicians and soloists from Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Korea and Great Britain will perform a wide-ranging programme of mainly international classical music, alongside Música Portuguesa.          

HarrisonParrott’s consultancy project focuses on strengthening the capacity of the Festival to secure long-term funding from across a range of income streams. 

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