◆ 10 days of concerts in Estonia’s Summer Capital on the Baltic Sea with the Järvi family and more than 200 guest musicians.­
­­­­◆ 3 world premieres and the start of a new annual initiative to commission pieces from female Estonian composers, commencing this summer with new works by Helena Tulve and Maria Kõrvits
­­­­◆ Paavo Järvi leads the Estonian Festival Orchestra in 4 concerts with soloists Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Kirill Gerstein (piano) and winner of the 2022 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, Hans Christian Aavik.­
­­­­◆ Neeme Järvi opens the festival with the Järvi Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra and is joined by Estonian cellist Indrek Leivategija, for a performance of Friedrich Gulda’s concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra.­
­­­­◆ Kristjan Järvi and BSP present “Nordic Swans: A Symphony of Elegance and Myth”.­
­­­­◆ The Järvi Academy welcomes 16 young conductors from around the world for this year’s masterclasses under the guiding eyes, ears and hands of all 3 Järvis.­­­­
­­­­­­­The Pärnu Music Festival has always been about family and, in addition to concerts and masterclasses led by Paavo, Kristjan and Neeme Järvi, this year’s edition welcomes two families of Estonian composers and musicians, as well an extended family of international guests who flock to Pärnu each summer to be part of the annual reunion.­­­­
­photo credit:  Kaupo Kikkas­­­­
­­­­This summer also sees the start of a new, annual initiative to commission works from female Estonian composers, commencing with world-premieres by Helena Tulva and Maria Kõrvits“Since the inauguration of the Pärnu Music Festival we have regularly championed new music and Helena Tulva was our Composer in Residence already in 2012” says Paavo Järvi. “Today Helena is not only one of Estonia’s most influential composers but also the guiding light to a younger generation of composers, including her student Maria Kõrvits. I am delighted that we will be presenting world-premieres from two such talented artists, both of whom have very different and individual voices. Maria’s new chamber piece will be unveiled in the Gala Concert on 16 July and I look forward to seeing the score of Helena’s latest orchestral work, which I will conduct the premiere of with the Estonian Festival Orchestra in the closing festival concerts on 18 and 19 July.”­
­­­­Neeme Järvi and the Järvi Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra open the festival with Beethoven Symphony No. 1, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Friedrich Gulda’s seldom heard Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra with soloist Indrek Leivategija (10 July). The following night Kristjan Järvi and the BSP plunge us “deep into the soul of Estonian and Nordic folklore”, with a performance that intertwines new works with reimagined masterpieces by Sibelius, Tormis, Pärt, and Tchaikovsky (11 July).­
­­­­For the first of four concerts with Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra (EFO), accordian soloist Ksenija Sidorova returns to Pärnu to give the world premiere of a new work by Tõnu Kõrvits (13 July), in a programme which also features Bizet’s Roma Symphony.­
­­­­The soloist in Bruch’s Violin Concerto, for the EFO’s second concert is young Estonian violinist, Hans Christian Aavik, winner of the 2022 Carl Nielsen Competition. Hans Christian also leads the concert funded by the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments (15 July) which supports upcoming musicians by loaning valuable instruments, whilst his brother Henri Christofer Aavik, is the conductor of the late night concert (15 July) featuring flute soloist Maarika Järvi
­­­­Making their first appearances at the festival are international guest soloists Alisa Weilerstein (cello) and Kirill Gerstein (piano), who join Paavo Järvi and the EFO for performances of Elgar’s Cello Concerto (19 July) and Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” (20 July). Both concerts also present the world premiere of Helena Tulve’s latest work, the composer’s first orchestral piece since 2013 and the closing commission of this year’s festival.­
­­­­In the lead up to the festival, Alpha Classics will release the Estonian Festival Orchestra’s fifth album with Paavo Järvi. “Ship of Fools”, is dedicated to three works by Jüri Reinvere, all premiered in recent years at the Pärnu Music Festival.
10 – 19 July
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­10 July, Wednesday 20.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Järvi Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi

Soloist: Indrek Leivategija (cello)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Schubert: “Unfinished” Symphony
Friedrich Gulda: Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra (1980)­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­11 July, Thursday 20.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Järvi Academy Gala
Teachers and participants of Järvi Academy
Järvi Academy Sinfonietta
Soloist: Tuuri Dede (mezzo-soprano)

Mozart: Symphony No. 39 
Pärt“Psalom” (1985/1995)
Pärt“L’abbé Agathon” (2019)
Haydn: Symphony No. 94 “Surprise”­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­12 July, Friday 20.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
Kristian Järvi

“Nordic Swans”: new works and reimagined masterpieces
by Sibelius,Tormis, Pärt, and Tchaikovsky intertwine­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­13 July, Saturday 20.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Estonian Festival Orchestra
Paavo Järvi

Soloist: Ksenija Sidorova (accordion)

Ester Mägi“Vesper” (1990/1998)

Tõnu Kõrvits (1969): Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra “Dances”
world premiere –
Bizet“Roma” Symphony­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­14 July, Sunday 20.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Estonian Festival Orchestra
Paavo Järvi

Soloist: Hans Christian Aavik (violin)

Ester Mägi“Vesper” (1990/1998)
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor 
Bizet“Roma” Symphony­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­15 July, Monday 19.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments
Hans Christian Aavik leads young artists

Pärt“Silouan’s Song”
Olli Mustonen: “Nonet No. 2″
Mussorgsky“Pictures at an Exhibition” for Strings (arr. Jacques Cohen)­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­15 July, Monday 20.30 h
St Elizabeth’s Church­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Teachers of the Järvi Academy

Janáček: Wind Sextet “Mládí” (Youth)
Bruch: String Octet ­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­15 July, Monday 22.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Pärnu City Orchestra
Henri Christofer Aavik

Soloist: Maarika Järvi (flute)

Programme TBC­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­16 July, Tuesday 20.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Chamber Music Gala
Musicians from the Estonian Festival Orchestra

Victor Ewald: Wind Quintet No. 2
Smetana: Symphonic Poem “‘Vltava” from the cycle Má vlast (My Fatherland), arr. for piano quintet by Jan Marák 
Maria Kõrvits (1987): world premiere
Tõnu Kõrvits (1969): Sonata for Viola and Piano “Sketches of Solitude” (2023)­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­17 July, Wednesday 20.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Järvi Academy Closing Concert
Pärnu City Orchestra
Järvi Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra
Soloist: Tähe-Lee Liiv (piano)

Josef Strauss: Waltz “Sphären-Klänge” (Music of the Spheres)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­18 July, Thursday 20.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Estonian Festival Orchestra
Paavo Järvi

Soloist: Alisa Weilerstein (cello)

Helena Tulve (1972): world premiere
Elgar: Cello Concerto 
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­19 July, Friday 20.00 h
Pärnu Concert Hall­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Estonian Festival Orchestra
Paavo Järvi

Soloist: Kirill Gerstein (piano)

Helena Tulve (1972): world premiere
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini 
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”­
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