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Klassikaraadio Celebrates Neeme Järvi’s 75th Birthday

Laura-Liisa Veiler, ERR

June 5, 2012

On June 7, world-renowned Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi will turn 75. Estonia’s only major classical radio station Klassikaraadio is celebrating with the Maestro.

Neeme Järvi has worked with a number of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. At present, he is Conductor Laureate and Artistic Advisor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orkest (The Hague) and of the Estonian National Symphony (ERSO).

Järvi studied music in Tallinn and St. Petersburg under Nikolai Rabinovich and Yevgeni Mravinski. He began his career as chief conductor of the Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, as it was called back then, from 1963 to 1979, until his emigration from the Soviet Union in 1980. Soon after that he established himself as one of the best-known and most sought-after conductors of classical music. Neeme Järvi has recorded more than 400 LP’s and CD’s. In September 2010, after a 30-year absence, Järvi returned to ERSO.

During the Järvi Summer Festival, held this year from July 26 to August 2 in Pärnu, more than 150 musicians will perform a number of concerts, and young conductors from Estonia and elsewhere will have the chance to attend the Järvi Academy masterclasses. The Järvi Summer Festival is one of the biggest classical music events in Estonia, with both of Neeme Järvi’s sons, Paavo Järvi and Kristjan Järvi, participating and conducting concerts.

Estonian Klassikaraadio celebrates the Maestro’s 75th birthday with a full week of music conducted by Järvi.