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After emigration, Neeme Järvi’s recordings are played in the SovietEstonian Radio without mentioning the name of the conductor (persona non grata).

Beginning of the tenure as Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, contracts in Birmingham and Amsterdam.

Release of Neeme Järvi’s first (foreign) CD, recording company Philips.

Neeme Järvi’s first concert with the GSO in New York, Carnegie Hall.

Release of the first recording of Eduard Tubin’s symphonies (No. 4, first as LP)

Performances of Eugene Onegin at the Ottawa Festival. 

Proof of the family’s viability: Neeme travels to Collingwood, Canada, to attend the 100th birthday of his father’s brother Juho, who had fled from the Soviet regime.

Järvi and the GSO make their first recording for the DG, which is given the Charles Cros’ Record Academy Grand Prix du Disque in Paris a year later.

Performances of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina at the Met.

The fiftieth CD is recorded with the GSO for the DG.

Neeme Järvi is elected the honorary citizen of Gothenburg.

Neeme Järvi conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington to pay homage to Mstislav Rostropovich on his 60th birthday.

Numerous awards and acknowledgements go to Neeme Järvi every year, some year more than one.

Neeme Järvi’s 100th CD is released, recorded for Chandos.

The recording of all the symphonies of Eduard Tubin is completed for BIS.

The Royal Music Academy of Sweden elects Neeme Järvi as the honorary member for having promoted Swedish music.

For the first time at the Promenade Concert series at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Neeme Järvi’s first return after emigrating in 1980 and five years after his mother’s death, to his homeland Estonia. Concerts given with the GSO are a great success.

Concerts with Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

Maarika Järvi appears in public for the first time as a solo flutist with the GSO, playing under the baton of her father.

A speech at the White House, at President George Bush’s reception during the Captive Nations Week.

Beginning of tenure as the music director of the DSO (Detroit Symphony Orchestra).

Release of the 150th CD, recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

Restoration of Estonia’s independence.

A tour in Japan with the GSO.

The Detroit SO performs at Carnegie Hall for the first time with Järvi (the program includes
Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten).

Järvi is the only conductor named Artist of the Year by the Gramophone magazine.

A Gold Record from the British recording company Chandos (the 100th record). Chandos: Neeme Järvi’s record sales have exceeded one million.

A special concert by the DSO in observance of New World Day.

Neeme Järvi is named the honorary citizen of the state of Michigan – 1991 Michiganian of the Year.

Neeme Järvi’s 200th record (CD) is released.

Release of the 250th record (CD).

The second Grand Prix du Disque by the Charles Cros Record Academy in Paris.

Conducts the opening concert including Smetana’s My Homeland at the Prague Spring Festival, meeting with President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel. 

In Berlin, conducting Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in a concert given to mark the departure of the Soviet military forces.

In Gothenburg, conducting Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (Symphony of a Thousand) in memory of those who went down with the M/S Estonia. The concert is recorded and the proceeds are donated to the children who lost their parents in the catastrophe.

Conducting the 200th performance of Verdi’s La traviata at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn.

Complete performance and recording (CD) of Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio Jonah’s Mission in Tallinn. Thereafter, a successful concert tour in Scandinavia, conducted by Neeme Järvi.

Summer concerts in Vail, Colorado, with former US President Gerald Ford and the DSO.

Conducts the RNSO at the 100th anniversary celebration of Promenade Concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Release of the DSO’s tenth recording in its American Series.

Järvi’s 300th recording (CD)  is released.

Performing in Madrid with Orquesta Sinfónica de la RTV Española, with Maarika Järvi as the solo flutist.

The Swedish government names the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to be the first and only Swedish National Orchestra.

Presentation of Artur Kapp’s oratorio Hiiob in Tallinn for the first time since World War II.

Biography of Neeme Järvi, “Maestro”, is issued in Estonia by SE&JS Publishers. Authors: Urmas Ott and Priit Kuusk.

Järvi is awarded with the Coat of Arms Insignia of the City of Tallinn.

Concerts in Gothenburg and Detroit are given in celebration of Järvi’s 60th birthday. All three children of the Järvis take part in the program.

The DSO finishes its grand tour of Europe in Tallinn.

Conducting Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio Jonah’s Mission in Australia.

Shostakovich’s Thirteenth Symphony is performed in the US with the DSO and the Estonian National Male Choir.

Neeme Järvi makes a donation of ca $65,000 for the construction of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Release of the 350th record (CD).

The DSO Orchestra Hall Expansion Project and the beginning of the campaign.

Concert with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in Tallinn to mark the 10th anniversary of the Congress of Estonia.

Performances of Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio Jonah’s Mission in Cologne with the Cologne Radio (WDR) Symphony Orchestra.

Conducting ten performances of Bizet’s Carmen at l’Opéra National de Paris. 

Conducting the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly Mravinsky’s) for the first time since leaving the Soviet Union more than twenty years ago.

Neeme Järvi leads his first international master courses in symphonic conducting as part of the David Oistrakh Music Festival in the Estonian summer resort Pärnu. The courses bring young as well as experienced conductors to Pärnu in July.

Opening the opera season at the San Francisco Opera, conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride.

The BBC Music Magazine features Hilary Finch’s article on the Järvi family. CD with the recording of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester, Music from Estonia is released as a supplement to the October issue and was chosen as Record of the Month. The three Järvis conduct music on the same disc for the first time.

Conducting at the first “Eduard Tubin and His Time” festival in Tallinn.

The biography “Encore! Neeme Järvi” Estonian language issue is solicited by SE&JS Publishers together with the DSO. In English in 2003.

Beginning of the DSO’s radio broadcast series “Mark of Excellence”.

European concert tour with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in England and Tallinn, Estonia. 

Neeme Järvi agrees to prolong the contract with the DSO until the end of the 2004/2005 season.

Neeme Järvi’s 20th anniversary as the GSO’s Principal Conductor. He decides he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2003/2004 season.

Järvi conducts Rudolf Tobias’s Jonah’s Mission in St. Petersburg, where he studied in his youth.

Concerts with the Japan PO in Tokyo, soloist Maarika Järvi (the program includes Peeter Vähi’s Chant of the Celestial Lake).

2003–2005. The manufacturing concern Volvo finances the Neeme Järvi Young Musician Award which, now, has been given to Estonian young soloists Age Juurikas,  Sigrid Kuulmann-Martin and Marko Martin.

Last guest tour with the GSO to the finest halls of United Kingdom: London Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall etc. Soloist of the Sibelius’s Violin Concerto—Nikolaj Znaider.
Neeme Järvi is named Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

A tour with the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra to seven major cities of Europe, soloists Barbara Hendricks and Mikhail Pletnev.

First CDs of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies No. 1, 2, 5 and 6 with GSO (2004–2006).

Britt-Marie Jern’s sculpture of Neeme Järvi is opened in the Gothenburg Concert Hall.

Järvi begins his series of Bruckner symphonies with the performance of the Seventh Symphony with the DSO, also conducting the Fifth Symphony of Tubin (April).

Eight final concerts as the Music Director of the DSO (including the Järvi Encore Gala), one of the soloists Maarika Järvi. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, directed by Neeme Järvi for 15 years, gives its beloved conductor the title of Conductor Emeritus (June).

Valeri Gergiev organises the Järvi Festival in honour of Neeme Järvi with the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. The festival takes place as  part of the White Nights Music Festival (June).

Becomes Principal Conductor and Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in the US.

Begins his tenure as Principal Conductor at Residentie Orkest (The Hague Philharmonic) in the Netherlands.

Neeme Järvi’s bust is opened also in Detroit (in Paradise Café at the Max M. Fisher Music Center). The author of the sculpture is Britt-Marie Jern from Sweden.

During Easter in April, a beneficent concert of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony with reputable orchestras and choirs of the USA in support of the New York Riverside Church. The recording will be released on DVD.

Neeme Järvi’s brass plate is opened on the celebrities’ avenue Walk of Fame in Newark, the State of New Jersey.

Oriental Night (Thousand and One Nights)—a concert with Neeme Järvi and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the famous Waldbühne. Soloists Janine Jansen (violin), Marita Solberg (soprano) and Ingebjorg Kosmo (mezzo-soprano). June 18, 2006.

The Estonian National Opera celebrating its hundredth anniversary. On the occasion, a concert of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (Neeme Järvi conducting) and Estonia theatre’s gala performance take place.

Important guest orchestras conducted by Järvi in 2006–2007: London Philharmonic Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester, Berliner Philharmoniker, Philadelphia Orchestra, l’Orchestre National de France, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne.

Beginning of cooperation with the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.

Pärnu City Council decides to appoint Neeme Järvi the honorary citizen of Pärnu.

The Estonian Theatre and Music Museum, the preserver of the composer Heino Eller’s legacy and owner of copyrights, establishes the Eller’s Grand Award for the composer’s 120th birthday. The first award is granted to Neeme Järvi.

May—Neeme Järvi’s month in New Jersey: seven concerts end with a jubilee evening at the Newark Prudential Hall on May 20, where the NJSO plays The Maestro Waltz as a surprise for Maestro. He receives three albums full of admirations and congratulations from the audience.

Neeme Järvi’s 70th Birthday Celebration concert in Tallinn, at the Estonia Concert Hall. Neeme, Paavo, Maarika and Kristjan Järvi performing with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Male Choir. May 26, 2007.

June in The Hague is Järvi’s month (Järvimaand). Ten concerts with the Residentie Orchestra. After the domestic Dr. Anton Philipszaal a tour in France and Germany—in Metz, Saarland festival Nordische Musik and the Ludwigsburg’s Festival (soloist of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto Nikolaj Znaider, symphonies of Mahler and Nielsen), a little festival of classical music in The Hague, on the opening night of which (June 15) honouring of Neeme Järvi takes place. Maestro opens the programme with Heino Eller’s Videvik (Twilight) and Koit (Dawn) and continues his Bruckner-series with the Eighth Symphony.

With the Residentie Orchestra (The Hague Philharmonic) at the festival “Nordische Musik” in Saarland, the programme contains Sibelius and Nielsen. “L’Oiseau de Feu Estonien” / “The Estonian Head of Fire”— that is how Neeme Järvi is introduced on the adverts of his concerts.

Neeme Järvi’s first Summer Academy at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.

Presentation of the album Neeme JÄRVI. Kunstniku elu / The Maestro’s Touch (in Estonian and in English) takes place in Tallinn (August 3). Published by SE&JS.

Järvi conducts the opening symphony concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on the 60th anniversary of the famous Edinburgh Festival. The programme begins with Heino Eller’s Koit (Dawn) and Videvik (Twilight). August 11, 2007.

On September 27., 28. and 29. concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie. Berliner Philharmoniker and Neeme Järvi. Bartok / Piano Concerto No. 3, Rott / Symphony in E major.

On October 3, concert in memory of Mstislav Rostropovich. Place: Alte Oper, Frankfurt. Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Neeme Järvi. Schtschedrin / “Slava, Slava”, Bruch / “Kol Nidrei”, Richard Strauss / Romanze, Dvorak / Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Tchaikovsky / Symphony No. 6 h-moll, op. 74 (“Pathétique”). Soloists Natalia Gutman (cello), David Geringas (cello) and Mischa Maisky (cello).


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