Twenty-one young conductors have been accepted to the master courses to be given by Paavo Järvi at the prestigious Pärnu summer festival that bears his family name.
Neeme Järvi(left) and Paavo Järvi(Photo: Postimees/Scanpix)
Järvi and a panel of judges made the selection from a total of 56 applications received from all over the world.
Entries included videos, which were one criterion in the decision. Some of the names were new, while others have been selected for several years running, Klassikaraadio reported.
Besides teaching conducting, the Järvi Summer Festival also features a master class for instrumentalists and composers, the latter taught by the festival's resident composer Helena Tulve. Tulve will also debut a new work, to be performed at the gala concert at the Pärnu Concert Hall on July 28.
The master classes will be held from July 26 to August 2. Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Leonid Grin will teach the conducting courses. Top participants will wield their batons at concerts in Pärnu on July 27 and 28 and August 2. The final concert on August 2 is dedicated to the elder Järvi's 75th birthday and will feature Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2, Tubin's Concertino and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.