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2017 - MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi

Music director Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
© MDR/Peter Adamik

The MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra is Germany's oldest radio orchestra. Today it is one of the liveliest and most innovative ensembles of its kind in Europe. In addition to featuring regularly on radio and television, the orchestra is committed to the challenge of producing first-class recordings, as well as to performing numerous concerts and to sharing its expertise and enthusiasm via children and youth projects. In this way the orchestra maintains and builds a close connection to young and old, and is always able to inspire new audiences for music.
The orchestra is based in Leipzig and services the three states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. This region is one of the most important areas in musical history worldwide. Many famous composers such as Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Schumann, Liszt and Weill have shaped the musical landscape of this region over hundreds of years. The MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra upholds and continues this rich tradition and pushes the borders of new music with current film music and cross-genre experiments.
The orchestra can be heard worldwide via the European Broadcasting Union, numerous award-winning recordings, international tours and guest performances at festivals, all of which contribute to its role as a musical ambassador for Central Germany.
2012/13 marks the first season of the internationally acclaimed conductor Kristjan Järvi, as new principal conductor. He takes over as the successor in an illustrious line of personalities including Hermann Abendroth, Herbert Kegel, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, Fabio Luisi and Jun Märkl.

Kristjan Järvi has "earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers on the classical scene." [Reuters]

He realises his pioneering ideas with his four ensembles: as Music Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, as Founder-Conductor of his New York-based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble, and as Founder and Music Director of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, the cornerstone of the Baltic Sea Music Education System. An entrepreneur by nature and a passionate educator, Kristjan Järvi leads both the oldest Radio Orchestra in Europe and the newest Youth Orchestra. On-going guest conducting engagements include: London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome and NHK Symphony Japan. In 2012 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a recording artist Järvi has more than 60 albums to his credit, from Hollywood soundtracks such as 'Cloud Atlas' and award-winning albums on Sony and Chandos, to his eponymous series on renowned French label Naïve Classique: the 'Kristjan Järvi Sound Project.'
Jarvi's continues to work with some of today's brightest creative minds, from film directors Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, to composers and artists Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Tan Dun and Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom he started his career as Assistant Conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Born in Estonia, Kristjan Järvi emigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in New York City. He is an accomplished Piano and graduated from Manhattan School of Music followed by conducting studies at the University of Michigan.


The Artist-in-Residence will be presented
by LOTTO Sachsen-Anhalt.

© Roßdeutscher & Bartel GmbH, Leipzig, 2019