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     Jarvi, Neeme (7th June 1937-Present)

    He is an orchestral conductor and artistic director born in Tallinn, Estonia.  He began by studying conducting and percussion at the Tallinn School of Music and went on to attend the Leningrad Conservatory when he was eighteen, which was around the same time he made his conducting debut.  Around 1960 he was a co-founder of the Estonian Radio Chamber Orchestra and in 1963 he took the position of Principal Conductor of the Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra and was also offered the same position at the Estonian National Opera Theatre.  Following performances at the New York Metropolitan in 1979 he moved to the United States in 1980 and he was immediately met with offers of recording contracts and to appear with some of America's top orchestras.  Keeping in touch other international orchestras he became the Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, who he is still with, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, for which he would be named Conductor Laureate for Life, Chief Conductor of The Hague Residentie Orchestra and he is also Principal Guest Conductor the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 1990 he was made Musical Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and he still holds the position 17 years on.  A prolific recording artist he is one of the most featured conductors on over 357 albums since 1983 and in the world of live performances he has appeared with 72 orchestras in 125 cities in over 1120 concerts.  In the world of education he has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Aberdeen University and he regularly teaches masterclasses in Parnu, Estonia.  His children are carrying on in the musical tradition, with two of his sons being conductors and his daughter being a flautist.

     

    Detroit Symphony Orchestra recordings

     

    Leroy Anderson

    Sleigh Ride

    BGD 0117 (CD: Joy!)

    Conductor - Neeme Jarvi

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.neemejarvi.com/biography.htm
    2. http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Jarvi-Neeme.htm
    3. http://www.detroitsymphony.com/main.taf?p=5,1,2,1
    4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neeme_Jarvi

     

    Here he is conducting Movement 1 from Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"...

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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