Paavo J‰rvi will be the new Music Director of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra as from the 2006/2007 season. "The choice of this first-class conductor will in future guarantee the outstanding position which the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra occupies in Germany", declared the Director-General of Hessischer Rundfunk (hr) Dr. Helmut Reitze.
An ideal candidate for the succession of Hugh Wolff ñ Paavo J‰rvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra can already look back on many years of excellent cooperation. With this Estonian musician, the orchestra has been able to engage a versatile conductor, who is both highly recognized on an international level and in an ideal position to improve the profile of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with his extremely wide-ranging symphonic repertoire.
On 12 and 13 October 2006, Paavo J‰rvi will conduct his inaugural concerts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. His contract as Music Director has been signed today and is concluded for an initial period of three years, with the option to be renewed for a further two years. Paavo J‰rvi will conduct at least 30 concerts per season, and will also lead the orchestra for guest performances and tours. In addition, two CD-projects have been planned per season.
As guest conductor, Paavo J‰rvi will visit Frankfurt twice before his inaugural concerts. Audiences can hear him in concert with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra this December in a programme of Bach / Webern, Beethoven and Nielsen and in February 2006 he will conduct both Arvo P‰rtís and Anton Brucknerís Symphonies no.3.
Paavo J‰rvi expressed his delight on this new engagement, saying "I am very pleased to take over one of the most exciting German orchestras in one of the most interesting German regions." The designated Music Director wants to present a diversity of music ranging from the classical to contemporary. A wide romantic repertoire will be cultivated just as much as rarities. Being Estonian by birth, Paavo J‰rvi also wishes to make the audience acquainted with lesser known composers from north-eastern Europe, such as Nielsen, Stenhammar and, for example, Tubin. The experience gained by the orchestra in recent years with historical performances will be further pursued by Paavo J‰rvi, who wishes to continue the Haydn-tradition. The performance and examination of contemporary music will be a firm component of his programs. For his first term of office, orchestral works by Jˆrg Widmann and Marc-AndrÈ Dalbavie have already been commissioned, as have two works by Erkki-Sven T¸¸r. Opening up to new audiences as well as working with children and young people is a matter of great importance to the 42-year-old J‰rvi.
In addition to his new role in Frankfurt, Paavo J‰rvi continues his work as Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Artistic Advisor of the Estonian National Orchestra. His recent European tour with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has successfully shown his leadership of one of Americaís oldest and well established orchestras, whilst his work with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen continues to establish the ensemble as one of the finest chamber music groups in the world.


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