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Neeme Järvi; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Järvi; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Järvi; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


Neeme Järvi [IPA: 'neːme 'jærvi] (born June 7, 1937) is an Estonian-born American [1] conductor. Neeme Järvi was born in Tallinn and studied first there and then in Leningrad under Evgeny Mravinsky, among others. Early in his career, he held posts with the Estonian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian State Symphony Orchestra and the Opera in Tallinn. In 1971 he won first prize in the International Conductors Competition at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Read more on Last.fm
Neeme Järvi [IPA: 'neːme 'jærvi] (born June 7, 1937) is an Estonian-born American [1] conductor. Neeme Järvi was born in Tallinn and studied first there and then in Leningrad under Evgeny Mravinsky, among others. Early in his career, he held posts with the Estonian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian State Symphony Orchestra and the Opera in Tallinn. In 1971 he won first prize in the International Conductors Competition at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Järvi emigrated to the United States of America in 1980 and became an American citizen in 1987. In 1982, he became the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and during his tenure, the recording profile and reputation of the orchestra greatly increased.

As well, he helped to secure corporate sponsorship from Volvo that allowed the orchestra to increase in size from 80 to 110 players.[2] He retained his post in Gothenburg until 2004. Järvi was also Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1990 until 2005, and is now its Music Director Emeritus. Since 2005, he is the Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO). His NJSO contract currently runs through 2008. With the recent decision by the NJSO to sell its "Golden Age" collection of string instruments, there has been speculation in the press as to whether Järvi will renew his contract with the NJSO, as he stated that their acquistion of this collection was an important factor in his decision to accept the music directorship.

When asked about the possibility that he will leave, he has stated: "It's very possible, but I haven't thought about it yet."[3] In addition to his American post, he is Chief Conductor of Het Residentie Orkest of The Hague, since September 2005, with an initial contract of 4 years.[4] Järvi's discography includes over 350 recordings for labeles such as BIS, Chandos and Deutsche Grammophon. He is best known for his interpretations of Romantic and 20th century classical music, and he has championed the work of his fellow Estonians Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt (whose Credo he premiered in 1968). His interpretations of Sibelius with the GSO are also well known. In addition, he has helped in fund-raising for the Estonian Academy of Music, which opened in September 2000.[5] Neeme Järvi and his wife Liilia have three children, the conductors Paavo Järvi and Kristjan Järvi, and flutist Maarika Järvi.

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