A new kind of orchestra

We are a start-up orchestra founded in 2011 – talent, energy and innovation is our shared philosophy. Our spirit is what makes us unique – we are the first orchestra in the world to connect internationally-renowned performers with emerging talent from Estonia. High-level music making is at the heart of what we do.

A new kind of orchestra

The story that started with a long dreamed ambition

It all began in 2010, where our world renowned conductor Paavo Järvi decided to create a new kind of orchestra – one which would bring together hand-picked top international classical musicians with emerging talent from Estonia.

Since our start we’ve been busy. We are the resident orchestra at Pärnu Music Festival, where we welcome thousands of visitors each year, providing a cultural experience that is unique to the area. We are also partnered with Järvi Music Academy, offering young musicians the opportunity to perform and make friends with the very best of the industry. During the rest of the year we tour the world’s capital cities – most recently with back-to-back performances across Europe and Asia, joined by critically acclaimed soloists.

Talent, energy and innovation is our shared philosophy. Our music connects internationally-renowned performers with emerging talent from Estonia. High-level music making is at the heart of what we do.

Our home in Estonia

Pärnu Music Festival & Järvi Music Academy

The Pärnu Music Festival and Järvi Music Academy were founded by Paavo Järvi and his father Neeme, in 2011 – now home to the Estonian Festival Orchestra, it has established itself as one of the most exciting ventures in the international cultural arena.

It is hard to imagine a better location for a festival. As described in the Lonely Planet, it is a place for local families, young people and international holidaymakers to join together in a relaxed vibe with sunny weather while strolling the white-sandy beaches, sprawling parks and a picturesque historic centre.

Over a summer period audiences get to enjoy orchestral performances in a host of both intimate and popular locations, from the historical churches nearby to the luxurious spa resorts and the 1000-seater Pärnu Concert Hall; the town’s largest venue.

But that’s not all. We also work with the Järvi Music Academy to give young musicians the advantage to play with elite players from abroad and get to know them as new friends –  an invaluable opportunity to collaborate with the world’s finest. This is the unique unifying spirit of the orchestra.

A global presence

International Tours

In addition to the Pärnu Music Festival concerts, the Estonian Festival Orchestra also tours internationally, performing regularly in prestigious venues to sell-out audiences worldwide. So far we have visited eleven countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Sweden and UK.

In some tours, we have collaborated with stellar soloists, which have included: Viktoria Mullova, Khatia Buniatishvili, Lisa Batiashvili, Ksenija Sidorova and Midori.