Kristjan Järvi lives and breathes music, using its power to create spaces in which anything is possible. Kristjan Järvi pursues his pioneering ideas as a conductor, producer, composer and arranger. Embracing everything with indomitable spirit and creative entrepreneurship, he runs his own production company Sunbeam Productions.
‘Kristjan Järvi has earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers on the classical scene’ (Reuters). As a conductor, he is right at home on the big international stages, directing great classics from Wagner to Tchaikovsky as well as Steve Reich and Radiohead.
Kristjan Järvi defies musical orthodoxy with fresh concepts packed within three bands and orchestras. Together with Gene Pritsker he co-founded the New York-based classical-hip-hop-jazz group Absolute Ensemble. Järvi is founder-conductor and artistic director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and he is leader of the Sunbeam Productions in-house band Nordic Pulse.
Kristjan Järvi collaborates internationally with outstanding and creative personalities from the art, music and film scene. For example, he composed music for Tom Tykwer’s prestigious series Babylon Berlin, which he recorded with Absolute Ensemble and the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra.
As a recording artist Järvi has more than 60 albums to his credit, from Hollywood soundtracks such as Cloud Atlas, Sense 8 (both productions of the Wachowski sisters who also made The Matrix), A Hologram for the King (Tom Tykwer) and award-winning albums on Sony Classical and Chandos, to his eponymous series: the Kristjan Järvi Sound Project.
Taking his artistic take on life to the next level with the Sunbeam productions and tours, Järvi continues to pave the way to a whole new sound experience. Founding Sunbeam just a few years ago, the company has created several concert shows since: “Waterworks” (2017/2018), “Absolute Club” featuring Francesco Tristano and “Nordic Pulse” (2018) as well as “Midnight Sun” (2019). The “Midnight Sun” tour closed at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. Being a passionate producer, he also arranged and produced albums in the Sunbeam Studios for Max Richter, Robot Koch and many more.
Besides his own projects, Kristjan conducts Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Taiwan Symphony and Czech Radio Symphony amongst others. Also he conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a program that includes his own composition “Too hot to Handel”.
Born in Estonia, Kristjan Järvi emigrated to the United States as a child and grew up in New York City. Kristjan comes from a family of great conductors. His father Neeme and his elder brother Paavo both conduct the greatest orchestras in the world. In 2015 Kristjan relocated his center of life from the USA back to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn.