Paavo Järvi, musical director and chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris, has been awarded with the prestigious Sibelius Medal.
The Sibelius Medal was presented to Järvi in Paris by the Finnish Ambassador to France, Risto Piipponen, at the opening concert of the new season of the Orchestre de Paris on Wednesday.
To celebrate the occasion, the orchestra performed Sibelius Symphony no. 5, conducted by Järvi.
“Paavo Järvi has promoted the music of Sibelius with great talent in concerts which he has conducted throughout the world and particularly in France. With his passion and drive he is making history by recording the complete Sibelius symphony cycle with the Orchestre de Paris – a project so far never undertaken by any other French orchestra. His existing discography includes important Sibelius recordings which have gained international critical acclaim, including the release of the Cantatas with the National Estonian Orchestra and Estonian choirs on Erato which received a Grammy Award,” the Sibelius Society, which awards the medal, said.
Paavo Järvi (52), the son of conductor Neeme Järvi, studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Max Rudolf and Otto-Werner Mueller, and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.
Järvi has been a principal conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the artistic director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. In 2010, he became music director of the Orchestre de Paris.
Järvi has recorded for the RCA label as well as Deutsche Grammophon, Pentatone, Telarc, ECM, BIS and Virgin Records. His Virgin Classics recording of Sibelius Cantatas with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir and Ellerhein Girls Choir won a Grammy Award for "Best Choral Performance".
The Sibelius Society, set up in 1957, is dedicated to the music of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957).
Editor: S. Tambur