The Baltic Sea Philharmonic will make its debut at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia in July. This year’s festival in the seaside resort town of Pärnu is celebrating the 85th birthday of Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi, who will conduct the opening concert of the festival. The Järvi family will be reunited at the festival, as Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic give four concerts in as many days. Both Järvi brothers also have significant birthdays this year, with Kristjan turning 50 in June and Paavo turning 60 in December.
Celebration and education
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic will be supporting the education of young musicians selected for the Järvi Academy, which is an inseparable part of the Pärnu Music Festival. Students on this year’s Järvi Academy Conducting course will have coaching sessions with Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Kristjan Järvi and Leonid Grin, and will take part in three Masterclass Concerts with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. The first of these is at the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa on 12 July, and will feature music by the renowned Estonian composer. Two more masterclass concerts with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic will take place in Tallinn (12 July) and Pärnu (14 July), both featuring music by Ravel, Stravinsky and Bartók.
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s main festival concert with Kristjan Järvi in Pärnu on 15 July has the theme ‘Nordic Amazonia’ and will feature Aguas da Amazonia by Philip Glass and pieces by Kristjan Järvi from his album Nordic Escapes, which was released on BMG/Modern Recordings in 2020 including Aurora and Nebula. The orchestra will be joined by Swiss violinist David Nebel, who recorded both Aurora and Nebula for the Nordic Escapes album. The ‘Nordic Amazonia’ concert will be performed in signature Baltic Sea Philharmonic style, completely from memory, and as one flow of music with no breaks or interval. The concert will celebrate the 85th birthday (in January this year) of Philip Glass and the 50th birthday of Kristjan Järvi.