Kristjan Järvi

Biography

Born: 1972; Tallinn, Estonia  
Kristjan Järvi is the youngest member of the talented Järvi family of musicians, which is headed by world-renowned conductor Neeme Järvi, Kristjan's father. Kristjan's siblings are Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conductor Paavo Järvi and flutist Maarika Järvi. Kristjan has established quite a successful career as a conductor of classical music in his own right, but, with his Absolute Ensemble, has also delved into other genres of music, including Read more rock.

Kristjan Järvi was born in Tallinn, Estonia, then a part of the Soviet Union. The Järvi family immigrated to the United States in 1980, and Kristjan was raised and educated in Manhattan. He studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music, where his teachers included Nina Svetlanova. Further piano instruction came from master classes he attended at the Salzburg Mozarteum conducted by Tatiana Nikolayeva, and in Israel by Arie Vardi and Viktor Derevyanko.

Järvi's exposure during his youth to various musical styles in New York led to his establishment of the Absolute Ensemble in 1993, an eclectic group since praised for its performances of both Baroque and rock compositions. Based in New York, the ensemble has regularly made tours of the United States and Europe, and received a German Record Critics Award in 2000 for its disc Absolute Mix, issued on the Ccn'c label.

In 1998 Järvi was appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and held the post through 2000. The year he left Los Angeles he was given a principal conducting post in Sweden, at the Norrlands Opera and Symphony Orchestra of Umeå. Meanwhile, he continued concertizing and recording with the Absolute Ensemble, and appeared ubiquitously as guest conductor of numerous orchestras, including those in Gothenburg, Detroit, and Bamberg, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Russian National orchestras, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and many others. It was with the Tallinn ensemble that Järvi made a recording of flute music with his sister Maarika. The 2001 CD, also on the Ccn'c label, featured works by Peter Vähi and Urmas Sisask.

In 2004 Järvi left his post at Umeå to accept the appointment of principal conductor of the Vienna-based Tonkünstler Orchestra. Absolute Ensemble's 2005 release Arcanum, which contains a selection of chamber and vocal pieces by Messiaen protégée Ezequiel Viñao, has also garnered much praise. Read less
Ezequiel Viñao: Arcanum / J. Youngdahl, K. Järvi, Et Al
Release Date: 09/27/2005   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1187   Number of Discs: 1
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Gruber: Zeitstimmung, Charivari, Rough Music / K. Järvi
Release Date: 11/28/2006   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1681   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Parallel Tones / Kristian  Jarvi Sound Project
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5404 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    The Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project - Baltic Sea Voyage
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5407 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic
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    Broadway-Lafayette - Ravel, Lasser, Gershwin / Simone Dinnerstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503245 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Philip Lasser,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project - Balkan Fever
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5395 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Enescu,  Traditional,  Teodossi Spassov,  Miroslav Tadic
    Performer:  Teodossi Spassov,  Miroslav Tadic,  Vlatko Stefanovski
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn, Adams: Violin Concertos / Jarvi, Hoopes,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5368 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  John Adams
    Performer:  Chad Hoopes
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    The Best Of Arsis Bells
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 7013 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Charles Gounod,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Heldur Harry Polda,  Toomas Vavilov,  Irén Lovász,  Peeter Vahi
    Conductor:  Aivar Mäe,  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arsis Handbell Ensemble
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    Helbig: Pocket Symphonies / Kristjan Jarvi, Mdr Leipzig Radio Symphony, Faure Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001870902 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sven Helbig
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Fauré Quartet
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  • 8.
    Bach Re-invented / Simone Dinnerstein, Kristjian Jarvi, Absolut Ensemble
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 194168 Release Date: 07/23/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gene Pritsker,  Daniel Schnyder
    Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Absolute Ensemble
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  • 9.
    Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen
    Label: Marsyas   Catalog: 1808 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel Schnyder,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Susanna Levonen
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Kristjan Jarvi, Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544621 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Kiera Duffy,  Marco Panuccio,  Daniel Schmutzhard
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Middle German Radio Chorus
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  • 11.
    Somnium Boreale
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 2009 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugen Kapp,  Heino Eller,  René Eespere
    Performer:  Maarika Jarvi
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
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  • 12.
    Two Souls - Barber, Khachaturian / Mikhail Simonyan,  Kristjan Jarvi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001617002 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Mikhail Simonyan
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Reich: The Desert Music, Three Movements / Jarvi, Chorus Sine Nomine, Tonkunstler Orchester, Niederosterreich
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5091 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Steve Reich
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra,  Chorus Sine Nomine
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  • 14.
    Felix Mendelssohn: Sommernachtstraum
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90786 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
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  • 15.
    Musica Viva 18 - Carter, Zimmermann: Cello Concertos / Vogler, Jarvi
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 11014 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Carter,  Udo Zimmermann
    Performer:  Jan Vogler
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 9 (Arr. Mahler)
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90773 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
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  • 17.
    Haydn: The Paris Symphonies / Kristjan Jarvi, Tonkunstler-orchester Niederosterreichn
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90765 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Bernstein: Mass / Kristjan Järvi, Randall Scarlata
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5070 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Claudia Meller,  Lenneke Willemsen,  Heidemaria Gruber,  Günter Haumer  ... 
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Company of Music,  Chorus Sine Nomine,  Absolute Ensemble  ... 
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  • 19.
    Label: Marsyas   Catalog: 1802 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel Schnyder
    Performer:  Reinhold Friedrich,  David Taylor
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Absolute Ensemble,  Manhattan Brass Quintet,  North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Neeme Järvi: 70th Birthday Jubilee
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4443 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Heino Eller,  Jean Sibelius,  Veljo Tormis  ... 
    Performer:  Maarika Järvi
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi,  Paavo Järvi,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Male Choir,  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Schmidt: Das Buch Mit Sieben Siegeln / Järvi
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5061 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schmidt
    Performer:  Robert Hall,  Michelle Breedt,  Johannes Chum,  Manfred Hemm  ... 
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 22.
    Atterberg: Cello Concerto; Brahms: Sextet / Mork, Järvi
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1504 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Kurt Atterberg
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrlands Opera Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Gruber: Zeitstimmung, Charivari, Rough Music / K. Järvi
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1681 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinz Karl "Nali" Gruber
    Performer:  Heinz Karl "Nali" Gruber,  Martin Grubinger
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Ezequiel Viñao: Arcanum / J. Youngdahl, K. Järvi, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1187 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ezequiel Viñao
    Performer:  Janet Youngdahl
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Absolute Ensemble
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  • 25.
    Tubin: Music For Strings, Piano Concertino, Flute Concerto / Volmer
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7481962 Release Date: 08/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduard Tubin
    Performer:  Maarika Järvi,  Lauri Väinmaa
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi,  Arvo Volmer,  Juha Kangas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallinn Chamber Orchestra,  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra,  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
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Biography

Born: 1972; Tallinn, Estonia  
Kristjan Järvi is the youngest member of the talented Järvi family of musicians, which is headed by world-renowned conductor Neeme Järvi, Kristjan's father. Kristjan's siblings are Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conductor Paavo Järvi and flutist Maarika Järvi. Kristjan has established quite a successful career as a conductor of classical music in his own right, but, with his Absolute Ensemble, has also delved into other genres of music, including Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Part I: Introduction: Thema I (Bewegt)
Part I: Scherzo (Munter)
Part I: Massig langsam (Wiegenlied)
Part I: Adagio (Langsam)
Part II: Finale (Sehr lebhaft)
I. Allegramente
II. Adagio assai
III. Presto
I. Poco Allegro
II. Chorale and Child
III. Circles
I. Allegro molto appassionato -
II. Andante -
II. Allegretto non troppo - III. Allegro molto vivace
I. quarter note = 78
II. Chaconne: Body Through Which the Dream Flows
III. Toccare
I
II
III
IV
V
toopART Reinventions: Part I
Part II
Interludium
Part III
Cadenza
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
1. Allegro con fermezza
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Allegro vivace
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Presto in moto perpetuo
I. quarter note = 176-184 -
II. quarter note = 88-92 -
III. quarter note = 176-184
I. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -
II. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -
III. Slow, quarter note = c. 85 - Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 - Slow, quarter note = c. 85 -
IV. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -
V. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -
I. subZERO
II. Sama'i Thaqil
III. ZOOM OUT
Part I: Gnade sei mit euch (Johannes)
Part I: Ich bin das A und das O (Voice of the Lord)
Part I: Und eine Tur ward aufgeten im Himmel (Johannes)
Part I: Heilig, heilig ist Gott der Allmachtige (Quartet, Chorus, Johannes)
Part I: Herr, du bist wurdig zu nehmen allein Preis (Chorus, Quartet)
Part I: Und ich sah in der rechten Hand dess (Johannes)
Part I: Ein Engel rief... (Johannes, Quartet)
Part I: Nun sah ich und siehe (Johannes, Chorus, Solo Quartet)
Part I: Lento (Organ solo)
Part I: Und als das Lamm der Siegel erstes auftat (Johannes, Chorus)
Part I: Und als das Lamm der Siegel zweites auftat (Johannes, Chorus)
Part I: Und als das Lamm der Siegel drittes auftat (Johannes, Bass, Soprano, Alto, Chorus)
Part I: Und als das Lamm der Siegel viertes auftat (Johannes, Tenor, Bass)
Part I: Und als das Lamm der Siegel funftes auftat (Johannes, Chorus)
Part I: Ruhet noch und wartet eine kleine Weile (Voice of the Lord)
Part I: Und ich sah, dass das Lamm der Siegel sechstes auftat (Johannes, Chorus) - applause
Part II: Vivace ma non troppo (Organ solo)
Part II: Nach dem Auftun des siebenten der Siegel (Johannes)
Part II: Ein Weib, umkleidet mit der Sonne (Johannes)
Part II: Ich sah den Himmel aufgeten (Johannes)
Part II: Und als die grosse Stille (Johannes)
Part II: Die Posaune verkundet grosses Wehe (Quartet, Chorus)
Part II: Vor dem Angesichte dessen (Johannes)
Part II: Ich bin das A und das O (Voice of the Lord)
Part II: Hallelujah! (Chorus)
Part II: Wir danken dir, o Herr (Chorus)
Part II: Ich bin es, Johannes (Johannes, Chorus)
I. Andante cantabile - Allegro -
II. Adagio -
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo
III. Poco adagio
IV. Poco allegro
I. Toberac
II. Shivaree
III. Charivari (pour Henri Sauguet, au tombeau de Monsieur le Pauvre)
No. 1. golddrachen (gold-dragons)
No. 2. exempel der pyrofilie (an example of pyromanie)
No. 3. die zeit der fliegenden fische (the age of the flying fish)
No. 4. eine laus im uhrgehause (a louse in the watch case)
No. 5. caspar, ein meister (caspar, a master)
No. 6. wer in die holle kommt (he who lands in hell)
No. 7. der graf mit dem einglas (the count with the eyeglass)
No. 8. gewehr bei fuss (present arms)
No. 9. schnorrhabardian
No. 10. wenn du in den prater kommst (if you're going to prater fair)
No. 11. die sintflut (the deluge)
No. 12. mene tekel (the moving hand)
No. 13. fenster ins freie (the window into the open)
Part I: Prologus: Virgil (Aeneid, Book IV, 268)
Part I: Exodus (III: 14)
Part I: Parmenides (fragment 8.5)
Part I: Sequentia I
Part I: I Kings (VIII: 27)
Part I: Plotinus (Ennead V.8.4)
Part I: Sequentia II
Part I: I Corinthians (XIII: 12)
Part I: Parmenides (fragment 9.3)
Part II: Tractus I
Part II: Scotus Erigena (De Divisione Nature, libri V)
Part II: Ecclesiastes (I: 9)
Part II: Tractus II
Part II: Plutarch (The E at Delphi, 18)
Part II: Apocalypsis (X: 6)
Part II: Augustine (De Civitate Dei, XI)
Part II: Exodus (XXIV: 10)
Part II: Epilogus: Angelus Silesius (Cherubinischer Wandersmann, I: 289)
I. subZERO
II. Sama'i Thaqil
III. ZOOM OUT