“One of the charms of the Pärnu Festival is its homely atmosphere, the feeling that
comes from one family extending its musical embrace to the wider world.“
Bachtrack
 10 days of concerts in Estonia’s Summer Capital on the Baltic Sea with the
Järvi family and more than 200 guest musicians
 Paavo Järvi leads the Estonian Festival Orchestra in 4 concerts featuring
soloists Pinchas Zukerman (viola), Amanda Forsythe (cello) François
Leleux (oboe), Fazil Say (piano) and MIrjam Mesak (soprano) and conducts
the world premiere of a new orchestral work by Jüri Reinvere
 Neeme Järvi and Sinfonietta Riga open the festival with a programme
dedicated to Haydn and Mozart
 Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic present their latest project
Babylon Berlin Live, featuring new works by Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer
 Pianist Zee Zee joins members of the Estonian Festival Orchestra for a late
night concert of works by Rachmaninov and Amy Beach
 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.
Now celebrating its 13th anniversary the Pärnu Music Festival attracts more than 200
musicians and thousands of visitors every year, all of whom return to Estonia’s
charming, traditional seaside resort for the relaxed summer camp atmosphere and
vibrant music making which is at the heart of the Järvi family festival.
In typical Järvi style, the range of music on offer in Pärnu is wide! Neeme Järvi
opens the festival (12 July) with a programme dedicated to the 18th century Viennese
world of Mozart and Haydn, whilst Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Festival
transform the stage two days later, taking us to 1920’s Babylon Berlin with their
trademark visionary approach and a new programme featuring original music by
Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer and Kristjan Järvi.
New to Pärnu this summer is the legendary Pinchas Zukerman, who is one
of several soloists to perform with Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra.
Zukerman joins the orchestra in a performance of Berlioz Harold in Italy, Amanda
Forsythe is the soloist in Bruch Kol Nidrei (15 July) and Estonian soprano Mirjam
Mesak the soloist in Berg’s Seven Early Songs and Richard Strauss’ Morgen (16
July). For the closing concerts the Estonian Festival Orchestra perform Pärt Collage
on B-A-C-H and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 alongside Richard Strauss Oboe
concerto with François Leleux (20 July) and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with
Fazil Say (21 July).
Highlighting Estonian music remains at the core of Paavo Järvi’s work as Festival
Artistic Director and this summer’s spotlight is given to composer Jüri Reinvere,
whose new orchestral work On the Ship of Fools will be premiered on 15 July (2nd
performance 16 July). Paavo and the Estonian Festival Orchestra will record the
piece for future release on Alpha Classics to feature alongside Reinvere’s And Tired
of Happiness, They Started to Dance (2018) and Concerto for Two Flutes (2016),
both of which were also premiered in Pärnu.
Young artists are again in the spotlight for a concert led by Florian Donderer (17
July), sponsored by the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments which
supports upcoming musicians by loaning valuable instruments.
At the heart of every Pärnu Festival is the annual Järvi Conducting Academy
Masterclasses led by Neeme, Paavo and Kristjan Järvi together with Leonid Grin.
Young musicians from the Järvi Academy Sinfonietta and Youth Orchestra
accompany this year’s students, which include recent winner of the Tonhalle-
Orchester Zürich Conductor’s Academy, Mirian Khukhunaishvili.
Following this year’s festival Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra take to
the road for concerts at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (16 August) and Grafenegg
Festival (17 August). This summer Alpha Classics also releases the Estonian
Festival Orchestra’s fourth album recorded with Paavo Järvi at the 2021 Pärnu Music
Festival, featuring works by Edvard Tubin, Grażyna Bacewicz and Witold
Lutosławski.

Pärnu Festival Music Programme
Wednesday 12 July
20.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Neeme Järvi
Sinfonietta Riga
Mozart: Divertimento No. 17 in D major
Haydn: Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor (Farewell)
Thursday 13 July
20.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Järvi Academy Gala
Participants and teachers of Järvi Academy
Järvi Academy Sinfonietta
Soloist: Theodor Sink (cello)
Hindemith: Little Chamber Music for Wind Quintet
Tõnu Kõrvits: The Source
Galina Grigorieva: Molitva (The Prayer)
Mozart: Symphony No. No 31 in D Major (Paris)
Gounod: Symphony No 1 in D Major
Friday 14 July
20.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Kristian Järvi
Baltic Sea Philharmonic
“Babylon Berlin Live” featuring new works by Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer and
Kristjan Järvi
Saturday 15 July
20.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Paavo Järvi
Estonian Festival Orchestra
Soloists: Pinchas Zuckerman (viola), Amanda Forsyth (cello)
Jüri Reinvere: On the Ship of Fools– world premiere
Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Hector Berlioz: Harold in Italy
Bruch: Kol Nidrei
Sunday 16 July
20.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Paavo Järvi
Estonian Festival Orchestra
Soloist: Mirjam Mesak (soprano)
Jüri Reinvere: On the Ship of Fools
Berg: Seven Early Songs
Richard Strauss: Morgen
Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Johann Strauss: Delirien Waltz
Monday 17 July
19.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments
Florian Donderer leads young artists in a performance of Vivaldi Concertos with the
Pärnu Music Festival Chamber Orchestra
Monday 17 July
22.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Zee Zee (piano) and members of the Estonian Festival Orchestra
Rachmaninoff: Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano
Amy Beach: Piano Quintet in F sharp minor
Tuesday 18 July
20.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Chamber Music Gala
Soloists from the Estonian Festival Orchestra perform works by Dvořák,
Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss and Florence Price
Wednesday 19 July
20.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Järvi Academy Final Concert
Participants and teachers of Järvi Academy
Järvi Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra
Soloist: Matthew Hunt (clarinet)
Artur Kapp: Overture Don Carlos
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor
Thursday 20 July
20.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Paavo Järvi
Estonian Festival Orchestra
Soloist: François Leleux (oboe)
Pärt: Collage on B-A-C-H
Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D Major
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor
Friday 21 July
20.00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Paavo Järvi
Estonian Festival Orchestra
Soloist: Fazil Say (piano)
Pärt: Collage on B-A-C-H
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor
All concerts will be streamed live for free on https://parnumusicfestival.tv/pmf