From conductor, to producer, composer, arranger. Kristjan embraces everything with an indomitable spirit of fresh and creative entrepreneurship. He has ‘earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers on the classical scene’ (Reuter). As a conductor, he directs the great classics from Wagner to Radiohead and is at home on the big international stages.
Kristjan defies musical orthodoxy and pursues his pioneering ideas and concepts with three bands and orchestras: Together with Gene Pritsker he co-founded the New York-based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble. He is Founding Conductor and Music Director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and leader of the Sunbeam Production in-house band Nordic Pulse.
Kristjan collaborates internationally with outstanding and creative personalities from the art, music and film scene. For example, he has composed individual pieces of music for Tom Tykwer’s ‘Babylon Berlin’ and has recorded the music for the series partly with the Absolute Ensemble and the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra.
As a recording artist Kristjan has more than 60 albums to his credit, from Hollywood soundtracks such as ‘Cloud Atlas’, ‘Sense 8’ (both productions of the Wachowski sisters), ‘Hologram for the King’ (Tom Tykwer) and award-winning albums on Sony Classical and Chandos, to his eponymous series: the Kristjan Järvi Sound Project.
An entrepreneur by nature and a passionate producer, Kristjan runs his own production company, Sunbeam Productions, which bundles all his activities. Sunbeam Productions is the producer of the latest concert shows ‘Waterworks’ together with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic (2017/2018), ‘Absolute Club’ featuring Francesco Tristano and ‘Nordic Pulse’ (2018). Outside of his own projects, Kristjan will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in a programme that includes his own composition ‘Too hot to Handel’, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Taiwan Symphony and Czech Radio Symphony amongst others.
Born in Estonia, Kristjan emigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in New York City. Kristjan comes from a family of conductors. His father Neeme and his elder brother Paavo are both great ones in their field. 2015 Kristjan relocated his center of life from the US back to Tallinn (Estonia).