Neeme Jarvi is an Estonian-born conductor, now residing in the USA, whose early career included positions with the Estonian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Opera in Tallin.
In 1982 he became principle conductor of the Gothenburn Symphony, a post which he went on to hold for 22 years. Unsurprisingly, he is the longest serving principal conductor in the history of the orchestra. The profile and reputation of the Gothenburg Symphony greatly increased during Jarvi's tenure and after he stepped down from the post in 2004, he was named principal conductor Emeritus with the orchestra.
Between 1984 and 1988, Jarvi served as principal conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, an orchestra with which he made a number of landmark recordings for Chandos including Prokofiev and Dvorak cycles as well as Stauss's tone poems, a number of Shostakovich pieces including symphonies nos. 4, 7 and 10 and the two violin concertos featuring Lydia Mordkovitch. In 2006 he appeared once more with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and was named conductor laureate.
From 1990 to 2005, Jarvi was music director to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has since been named music director emeritus.
In a move which was greatly controversial with the conductors of a number of other major American orchestras, Jarvi conducted a joint concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, free of charge, in Camden New Jersey in order to raise funds for the Philadelphia Orchestra which was in the middle of a strike.
In September 2010, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande named Jarvi as its 9th artistic and musical director as of 2012 with an initial three year contract.
Jarvi's discography consists of in excess of 400 recordings for labels such as Chandos, BIS and Deutsche Grammophon. He is known best for his interpretations of romantic and 20th century classical music and for highlighting the works of fellow Estonians such as Eduard Tubin and Arvo Part. He has recorded several works which have rarely been recorded in their entirety such as all of Edvard Greig's orchestral works, the complete incidental music for Peer Gynt as well as Tchaikovsky's play Snergyrochka (The Snow Maiden) and all three of Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonies and orchestral suites.
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