Conductor Paavo Järvi to Head Japan's NHK Symphony Orchestra ({{commentsTotal}})

Paavo Järvi
Paavo Järvi Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Grammy-winner Paavo Järvi has signed a three-year contract to become chief conductor of Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra from September 2015.

Järvi is currently the music director of the Orchestre de Paris and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

In 1926, the Tokyo NHK Symphony Orchestra became the first professional symphony orchestra established in Japan.

“This orchestra has a special love for German romantic music, coming from the fact that the orchestra has through the ages been directed by famous German conductors such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Karl Böhm and Herbert von Karajan. The NHK orchestra has a German sound and they are well acquainted with German traditions. Also, the Japanese musicians are very precise in their work and their playing is very clean,” Järvi told ERR radio.


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