The Pärnu Music Festival and Järvi Academy were founded by Paavo Järvi in 2011 together with his father, Neeme, and its family atmosphere envelopes the visiting musicians, students and audience to create a unique summer refuge on the Estonian coast. Now in its ninth year the 2019 festival runs from 15 - 21 July and celebrates the 60th birthday of Estonian composer, Erkki-Sven Tüür, whose work features in five concerts. A life long friend and colleague of Paavo Järvi, Tüür will also be present during the festival to curate his own programme of music that has influenced him.
Neeme Järvi conducts the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Choir for the opening concert (15 July) in an all Mozart programme featuring the clarinet concerto (soloist Wenzel Fuchs) and Mozart Vespers.
Kristjan Järvi joins his father and brother in multiple guises this summer – as a teacher on the conducting masterclass course, as conductor of the Järvi Academy Chamber Orchestra (16 July) and as composer in a new work that he has written for Paavo and the Estonian Festival Orchestra to be premiered on 18 July.
Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra in two concerts during the Festival and is joined by soloists Truls Mørk and Ain Anger for performances of Dvorak’s Cello concerto (18 July) and Mussorgky’s Songs and Dances of Death (21 July). Symphonic works featured in each programme include Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2. Founded by Paavo Järvi as the festival’s resident ensemble in 2011, the Estonian Festival Orchestra was something of a "Pärnu secret" up until recently but, with debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie, London Proms and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in 2018, the ensemble is quickly establishing itself on the international scene and this Spring makes its debut tour with Paavo to Japan.
New to the festival in 2019 is a guest appearance by Hugo Ticciati and Friends (16 July) with a programme entitled "North Around the Baltic Sea" featuring composers from Estonia (Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Tõnu Kõrvits), Lithuania (Raminta Šerkšnytė), Latvia (Peteris Vasks) and Finland (Sebastian Fagerlund). Also a chamber music performance at the Pärnu Modern Art Museum to accompany a major new exhibition by leading Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas (20 July).