Kristjan Järvi lives and breathes music, using its power to create spaces in which anything is possible. He pursues his pioneering ideas as a conductor, producer, composer and arranger. Embracing everything he does with indomitable spirit and creative entrepreneurship, he runs his own production company, Sunbeam Productions.
‘Kristjan Järvi has earned a reputation as being one of the most skilful and innovative programmers on the classical scene’ (Reuters). He conducts the great classics from Wagner to Radiohead and is at home on the major international stages.
He defies musical orthodoxy with fresh concepts packed within three bands and orchestras. Together with Gene Pritsker, he co-founded the New York-based classical-hip-hop-jazz group, Absolute Ensemble. Järvi is the Founding Conductor and Music Director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, and he is the leader of Sunbeam Productions’ in-house band, Nordic Pulse.
Kristjan Järvi collaborates internationally with outstanding creative personalities from the art, music and film scene. For example, he composed music for Tom Tykwer’s prestigious series, Babylon Berlin, which he recorded with the Absolute Ensemble and the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra.
As a recording artist, Järvi has more than 60 albums to his credit, from Hollywood soundtracks such as Cloud Atlas, Sense8 (both productions of the Wachowski sisters, who also created The Matrix) and A Hologram for the King (Tom Tykwer) and award-winning albums on Sony Classical and Chandos, to his eponymous series: The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project.
Bringing his artistic take on life to the next level with Sunbeam Productions and its tours, Järvi continues to pave the way to a whole new sound experience. Founding Sunbeam just a few years ago, the company has since created several concert shows: ‘Waterworks’ together with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic (2017/2018), ‘Absolute Club’ featuring Francesco Tristano, and ‘Nordic Pulse’ (2018/2019) and ‘Midnight Sun’ (2019) in collaboration with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. The ‘Midnight Sun’ tour concluded at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. Being a passionate producer, he has also arranged and produced albums in Sunbeam Studios for the likes of Max Richter, Robot Koch and many more. In 2020, Järvi’s first own album ‘Nordic Escapes’ was released by Modern Recordings (BMG).
Aside from his own projects, Järvi conducts the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the Taiwan Symphony and the Czech Radio Symphony, among others. He also conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a program that includes his own composition, Too Hot to Handel.
Born in Estonia, Kristjan Järvi emigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in New York City. Järvi comes from a family of famous conductors. His father Neeme and his elder brother Paavo both conduct some of the greatest orchestras in the world. In 2015, Järvi relocated from the USA back to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn.