Estonian Festival Orchestra

“The world-class calibre of the Estonian Festival Orchestra, took me by surprise … The result begged comparison with the elasticity of Abbado’s concerts with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which is as good as it can get.” (The Arts Desk) 

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172
Viola Frankenfeld +49 (0)89 6797 10484

Overview

The Estonian Festival Orchestra was founded by Paavo Järvi and is the resident summer orchestra at the Pärnu Music Festival. The long dreamed of ambition by Järvi to create a hand picked orchestra, bringing together the best of Estonian talent and leading musicians from Europe’s top orchestras, has resulted 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.”

The Estonian Festival Orchestra was founded by Paavo Järvi and is the resident summer orchestra at the Pärnu Music Festival. The long dreamed ambition by Järvi to create a hand picked orchestra, brings together the best of Estonian talent and 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.”

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 the orchestra will then spread its wings further afield with concerts already planned in several major European capital cities. HarrisonParrott is delighted to support the orchestra's forthcoming tours.

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.

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172
Viola Frankenfeld +49 (0)89 6797 10484

Reviews

“Pärnu, Estonia’s summer capital, is tucked within a huge natural harbour on the Baltic country's southern coast. Mysteriously unknown to British holiday-makers but a firm favourite with the Finns (and, once upon a time, violinist David Oistrakh and composer Dmitri Shostakovich), the city boasts pristine white beaches with a gloriously safe, swimmable patch of sea, a delightful mix of old and new architecture, lush wooded spaces, superb restaurants and more spas than you could shake a stick at. Oh, and a truly wonderful music festival that’s starting at last to make a name for itself outside Estonia.” (Oliver Condy, BBC Music Magazine, July 2016)

“The week-long music festival run by Paavo Järvi in the idyllic seaside town of Pärnu is a symbol of its country’s highest cultural ties with the best of the rest of Europe … The world-class calibre of the Estonian Festival Orchestra, took me by surprise … The result begged comparison with the elasticity of Abbado’s concerts with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which is as good as it can get.” (David Nice, The Arts Desk, July 2016)

“Pärnu, Estonia’s summer capital, is tucked within a huge natural harbour on the Baltic country's southern coast. Mysteriously unknown to British holiday-makers but a firm favourite with the Finns (and, once upon a time, violinist David Oistrakh and composer Dmitri Shostakovich), the city boasts pristine white beaches with a gloriously safe, swimmable patch of sea, a delightful mix of old and new architecture, lush wooded spaces, superb restaurants and more spas than you could shake a stick at. Oh, and a truly wonderful music festival that’s starting at last to make a name for itself outside Estonia.” (Oliver Condy, BBC Music Magazine, July 2016)

“The week-long music festival run by Paavo Järvi in the idyllic seaside town of Pärnu is a symbol of its country’s highest cultural ties with the best of the rest of Europe … The world-class calibre of the Estonian Festival Orchestra, took me by surprise … The result begged comparison with the elasticity of Abbado’s concerts with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which is as good as it can get.” (David Nice, The Arts Desk, July 2016)

“With the Pärnu Music Festival Paavo Järvi creates competition for Europe and, from 2017, he will start to export a part of it. This is bound to cause a stir on the European festival scene. This is highly concentrated music making (from the Estonian Festival Orchestra), where all the details are worked out: the ping pong of accents between violins and horns, antiphons between the woodwind groups, targeted focus curves in the second violins. Nothing is sweeping, nothing sleepy and nothing washed away. As Iván Fischer did with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi has also chosen the best musicians from orchestras around the world with which he has worked … Järvi could go into open competition with Lucerne and Verbier.  For this purpose he could have extended – even expanded - the festival time and programme in Pärnu with more courses and concerts. But he does not want this … "I need this week for high concentration in Pärnu. I have experienced so many festivals that have been seduced by their success to increase their growth. They continue to produce good music, but their character is lost." (Jan Brachmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, July 2016)  

“What many festivals dream of achieving is here self-evident. After the concerts everyone gets together – enthusiastic musicians and public alike – and, whilst no pub in the world could fit such a large crowd, the Passion Café in the heart of the old town is packed both inside and out till long after midnight creating a friendly, low key festival hub. The central mentors of the festival are Neeme and Paavo Järvi, father and son. The Järvi Academy offers conducting masterclasses to students from around the world and the Estonian Festival Orchestra, a new first class ensemble, brings together professional musicians from the whole of Europe and top players from Estonia, creating a musical entity which was received with standing ovations for their performances of Sibelius, Nielsen and Shostakovich: pure astonishment for this extraordinary collective music making … in an atmosphere of fun, openness and curiosity … The festival lives up to it’s motto -  “Here in Pärnu we simply live around the clock.” (Ursula Magnes, Klassik Radio, July 2016)