The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most respected maestros and has amassed a discography of almost 500 recordings. Over his long and highly successful career he has worked with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, and continues to have regular relationships with the NHK, Shanghai, and Singapore symphony orchestras. Mr. Järvi has held positions with ensembles across the world, and is currently artistic director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, music director emeritus with both the Residentie Orkest and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, principal conductor emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony, conductor laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and head of conducting/artistic advisor of the Gstaad Conducting Academy. Until the summer of 2015 he was artistic and music director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and ended his tenure with a European tour.
Having recorded with Chandos for more than 30 years, his latest disc is A Festival of Fucík with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Other recent releases include Tchaikovsky’s complete ballets with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as works by Joachim Raff, Massenet, Chabrier, Saint-Saëns, Atterberg, Suchon, and Xaver Scharwenka. His discography also includes critically acclaimed complete orchestral cycles of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Dvořák, Glazunov, Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen, and Brahms. He has championed less widely known composers such as Wilhelm Stenhammar, Hugo Alfvén, and Niels Gade; Franz Berwald, Johann Svendsen, and Johan Halvorsen of Norway; and composers from his native Estonia including Rudolf Tobias, Artur Kapp, Eduard Tubin, and Arvo Pärt. He has also recorded with Deutsche Grammophon, BIS, and EMI throughout his career.
Neeme Järvi’s international awards and accolades include an honorary doctorate from the Music Academy of Estonia in Tallinn and the Order of the National Coat of Arms from the President of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Lennart Meri. The Mayor of Tallinn presented Mr. Järvi with the city’s first-ever ceremonial sash and coat of arms insignia, and he has been named one of the Estonians of the Century. He holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Detroit’s Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and has received the Commander of the North Star Order from King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.