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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    Expo 1
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4828283 Release Date: 09/29/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Richter,  Jóhann Jóhannsson,  Joep Beving,  Philip Glass  ... 
    Performer:  Max Richter,  Tarn Travers,  Jóhann Jóhannsson,  Yuki Numata Resnick  ... 
    Conductor:  André de Ridder,  Kristjan Järvi,  Clark Rundell,  Anthony Weeden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Concert House Chamber Orchestra,  Fauré Quartet,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Glass: Aguas da Amazonia / Jarvi, Leipzig Radio Symphony, Absolute Ensemble
    Label: Orange Mountain Music   Catalog: 115 Release Date: 05/19/2017  
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Absolute Ensemble,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 3.
    A Sousa Celebration / Jarvi, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5182 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Reich: Duet / Jarvi, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony & Choir
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985344452 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Steve Reich
    Performer:  Steve Reich,  Kristjan Järvi
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  MDR Symphony Orchestra,  MDR Radio Choir
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    Helbig: I Eat the Sun & Drink the Rain / Jarvi, Helbig, Vocalconsort Berlin [Vinyl]
    Label: Neue Meister   Catalog: 0300781NM Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sven Helbig
    Performer:  Sven Helbig
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vocalconsort Berlin
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    Helbig: I Eat the Sun and Drink the Rain / Jarvi, Helbig, Vocalconsort Berlin
    Label: Neue Meister   Catalog: 0300780 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sven Helbig
    Performer:  Sven Helbig
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vocalconsort Berlin
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  • 7.
    The Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project: Arvo Part - Passacaglia
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5425 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Middle German Radio Chorus
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  • 8.
    Label: Milan   Catalog: 36744 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hauschka
    Performer:  Hauschka,  Volker Bertelmann,  Sabine Konner,  Daniel Brandl
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
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  • 9.
    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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    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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  • 11.
    Broadway-lafayette - Ravel, Lasser, Gershwin / 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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  • 12.
    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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  • 14.
    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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  • 16.
    Bach Re-invented / Dinnerstein, 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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  • 17.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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