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Kristjan Järvi (born 13 June 1972, Tallinn) is an Estonian-American conductor. He is the
younger son of Neeme Järvi. His siblings, Paavo and Maarika,
are also accomplished musicians.
When Järvi was age 7, his family immigrated to the United States and
settled in Rumson, New Jersey. He grew
up in New York
City. Järvi studied piano with Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music. He
later went on to study conducting at the University of Michigan under
From 1998 to 2000, Järvi was Assistant Conductor to Esa-Pekka
Salonen at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He
and the composer Charles Coleman co-founded the Absolute Ensemble,
based in New York
City, in 1993, with Järvi as its music director.  In
2007, Järvi and the Absolute Ensemble were awarded the Deutsche
Bank Prize for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
Järvi became Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Norrlands Opera
Symphony Orchestra of Umeå in Sweden from 2000-2004. From 2004
to 2009, Järvi was Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra,
is also the current Artistic Advisor to the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the conductor and
founder of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic.
In addition to a Grammy nomination, Järvi has previously been
awarded the German Record Critics Prize and a Swedish Grammy for
his opera album "Isle of Bliss". He has recorded Leonard
Bernstein's Mass with the Tonkünstler
Orchestra and Absolute Ensemble. While
Järvi's repertoire includes pieces from the Classic and Romantic
periods, he is also a specialist for 20th century composers and
contemporary music, having commissioned works by Arvo Pärt, Heinz Karl
Gruber, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Ezequiel
Vähi and Joe Zawinul, among others. Järvi's philanthropic
activities include founding the Estonian Orphanage Music Outreach
foundation and the Absolute Academy in Bremen.
Järvi has a son, Lukas, from his first marriage to the violinist
Josefowicz. He and his second wife, the flautist Hayley Melitta, have a son, Finn
Byron, born February 20, 2007. Their daughter Avalon, was born
January 31, 2009.  The
family makes their home in Vienna and Florida.