Pärnu is a charming seaside resort on the Baltic Sea, famous for its large, protected sandy bay and rich in cultural history.
“the city boasts pristine white beaches … a delightful mix of old and new architecture, lush wooded spaces, superb restaurants and a truly wonderful music festival.”
BBC Music Magazine, UK
This year’s Pärnu Music Festival will be going ahead as planned from 16 - 23 July with a re-imagined programme, a focus on both young and established Estonian talent, a celebration of Estonian composer Lepo Sumera and the world premiere of a new work by Tõnu Kõrvits
“I am ecstatic that we will be able to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our festival in Pärnu” says Paavo Järvi. “Even though the musical celebrations will be smaller than originally planned, the spirit of Pärnu will compensate one hundred fold and I cannot wait to return to one of my favourite places to be reunited with so many friends on stage.”
The uncontested highlight of the summer is the annual reunion of the Estonian Festival Orchestra with its director, Paavo Järvi.
“We have hardly arrived before we get to experience how Paavo Järvi moves his festival orchestra into sublime togetherness … the orchestra is the star.”
Luister, The Netherlands