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9.7.2024 | Culture

Pärnu Music Festival: A Symphony of Summer

Text Mark Taylor
Photos Pärnu Music Festival, Kaupo Kikkas

Pärnu Music Festival: A Symphony of Summer

 

The 14th Pärnu Music Festival kicks off on July 10, bringing Estonia to the forefront of the classical music world with an outstanding international concert programme. This year, the festival boasts a record number of participants, featuring 400 musicians from both home and abroad.

Opening the festival, maestro Neeme Järvi will conduct the Järvi Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by cello soloist Indrek Leivategija. On July 12, Kristjan Järvi will take the stage with the Nordic Pulse Orchestra, delivering a unique and visionary concert.

Artistic director Paavo Järvi will conduct four concerts, collaborating with the Estonian Festival Orchestra and top soloists. A highlight includes the world premiere of Tõnu Kõrvits’s accordion concerto performed by the sensational Ksenija Sidorova on July 13. Rising Estonian violinist Hans Christian Aavik, winner of the 2022 Carl Nielsen Competition, will make his solo debut on July 14, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

 

 

On July 15, Hans Christian Aavik will lead a concert associated with the Estonian Musical Instruments Foundation, which supports young talent by loaning them valuable instruments. His brother, Henri Christofer Aavik, will conduct a late-night concert featuring flute soloist Maarika Järvi and the Pärnu City Orchestra.

The festival’s artistic highlights include chamber music concerts, a performance by Järvi Academy professors on July 15, and the Estonian Festival Orchestra’s gala concert on July 16.

The festival also hosts the Järvi Academy, which welcomes 16 aspiring conductors and over 100 young string, wind, and percussion musicians from around the globe for masterclasses.

Concluding the festival, two exceptional soloists will grace the stage. American cellist Alisa Weilerstein will perform Elgar’s elegant Cello Concerto on July 18, followed by Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein’s passionate rendition of Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” on July 19.

Running from July 10 to 19, the festival features 16 concerts over ten days, supported by five orchestras. All concerts held at the Pärnu Concert Hall will be broadcast live by Pärnu Music Festival TV and Klassikaraadio.

Last year, the festival was named one of the top 29 classical music festivals in Europe, attracting 10,000 visitors and reaching over 9,500 unique online viewers. The Pärnu Music Festival stands as one of Estonia’s most renowned international classical music events, combining high-level concert programmes, the Järvi Academy for young musicians, and performances by the Estonian Festival Orchestra, which has toured prestigious concert halls across Europe and performed at the BBC Proms at Albert Hall.

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