The Järvi Academy and music education of young performers is an inseparable part of Pärnu Music Festival. The Järvi Academy Conducting course 2023 takes place in Tallinn and Pärnu from 9 to 21th July.

NB! When registering for courses, please include

  • 2 YouTube links, each video 20 min long 
  • an edited biography for the programme
  • A photo in JPG format (high resolution)

An advance payment of €80 is required upon registration.
NB! In case of non-payment, the registration will not be taken into account.


Active participant
16 active participants will be selected for the courses, whose work plan will include

  • 13–20 minutes of daily work with the Järvi Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra (9.–21.07.2023).
  • 2 concerts in Tallinn and 2 in Pärnu. A maximum of 8 conductors will conduct at one concert, in Pärnu 8 + 8 (those who do not conduct at the first concert will conduct at the second concert and vice versa).
  • Active participants are selected for the courses by Paavo Järvi. The Maestro selects the conductors on the day before the concert.
  • The work will take place in Tallinn and Pärnu. The participants are allowed to film all sessions.


Two or three students are selected for the courses, whose work plan includes

  • 13–20 minutes of work per day with the Järvi Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra (9.–21.07.2023).
  • Concerts in Tallinn and Pärnu. As a rule, the students do not conduct a concert.

Passive participant
Those who receive a negative answer will be able to participate in the courses as passive applicants, whose work plan includes

  • one lesson from Leonid Grin (with pianos)
  • 1 hour lecture (Maarit Kangron)

If you wish, you can come to the courses as an auditor. The fee for one day is €30. Payment in cash on the spot.

Preliminary programme

– Artur Kapp – ‘Don Carlos’ ouverture
– Johann Strauss – ‘Künstlerleben’, op. 316
– Claude Debussy – ‘Première rhapsodie’ for clarinet and orchestra, soloist Matthew Hunt
– Jean Sibelius – Symphony No 1 in E minor, op. 39
– Johannes Hiob – ‘Father’s Land’
– Charles Gounod – Symphony No 1 in D major
– Johannes Brahms – Serenade No 1 in D major, op. 11
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No 31 D Major KV 297/300a “Paris” 
– Galina Grigorieva – Molitva (The Prayer), soloist Theodor Sink (cello)
– Arvo Pärt – Mein Weg
– Erkki-Sven Tüür – The Path and the Traces

NB! The programme will be updated!

Participation fee

Active participant 
Passive participant

€30 per day


The deadline for registration is 30 April 2023. The results will be announced by mid-May.

The deadline for payment of the participation fee is 1 June 2023. In case of late payment, we will propose active participation to the next applicant. 

Other info:
Järvi Academy does not provide accommodation. It is difficult to find accommodation in Pärnu in the summer, so please book well in advance.

Helen Erastus

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