Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Jarvi's new title with German orchestra

By Janelle Gelfand
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Conductor Paavo J”rvi has added another title to his name. On Monday, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director was named artistic director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

He will succeed Daniel Harding as music director of the Bremen, Germany, chamber orchestra in January 2004. His contract is for three years.

J”rvi remarked that the reason he accepted the position was because he would be a musical collaborator. "The one difference and why I wanted to accept this position: I don't feel like a conductor with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, I feel like a musical collaborator. I am one chamber musician here," he said.

J”rvi first conducted the orchestra in 1995. Central to his appointment is a plan to perform and record all nine Beethoven symphonies. In addition, a new CD of music by Stravinsky is about to be released on PentaTone, a Dutch record label. A disc of music by Richard Strauss and Wagner is also in the works.

The self-governing chamber orchestra, which has a rising international reputation, was founded in 1980 by a group of gifted music students.

J”rvi, a native of Estonia, is also artistic adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. He has been music director of the CSO since September 2001, and his contract has been extended through the 2008-09 season.


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