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Steven Jarvi


Steven Jarvi, conductor


Praised for his “uncommonly expressive and detailed” performances by the Miami Herald and
described as an “eloquent and decisive” conductor by The Wall Street Journal, Steven Jarvi is
recognized as one of America's fastest rising conductors with an equal passion for the concert
hall and the opera house. Mr. Jarvi is the newly appointed Resident Conductor of the St. Louis
Symphony, Music Director of Winter Opera Saint Louis and the Music Director of the St. Louis
Symphony Youth Orchestra. Formerly the Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, he
won the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award in 2009. He came to the KCS after several
years as the Conducting Fellow with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony in
Miami Beach, as an Associate Conductor for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, and as
the Apprentice Conductor with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in
Washington D.C.


At the age of 21, Steven traveled to Austria at the invitation of Claudio Abbado for observation
and study with the maestro and the Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Easter Festival. He was
later selected by former New York Philharmonic Music Director, Kurt Masur to appear on a
concert with Masur in New York City as part of a master class. In 2005, as the Seiji Ozawa
Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Steven was one of two conductors selected
to study under then Boston Symphony and Metropolitan Opera Music Director, James Levine,
along with Kurt Masur, Stefan Asbury and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. While at Tanglewood,
Jarvi conducted critically praised performances with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra,
and the Mark Morris Dance Group.



As the Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, Jarvi leads a wide range of events
including the Live at Powell Hall concert series, Family and Educational concerts and other
selected classical events. He also leads the SLS Youth Orchestra and assists Music
Director, David Robertson. While Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Jarvi led
over 150 performances. In his first season with the KCS, he made his Classical Series debut after
filling in on short notice with Violinst, Midori, as Music Director, Michael Stern awaited the birth of
his second child. He returned the following season, after studying in Vienna with principal
members of the Vienna Philharmonic, conducting a highly praised subscription weekend of
Viennese music featuring pianist, Simone Dinnertstein.



As a guest conductor, Mr. Jarvi has appeared in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Recent
engagements include the St. Louis Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Windsor
Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Kalamazoo
Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, East Texas Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble
Modern in Frankfurt, Germany. He has served as a cover conductor for the Los Angeles
Philharmonic at Disney Concert Hall and conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic as a competitor in
the 3rd Sibelius International Conducting Competition in Helsinki, Finland. Jarvi has also
performed with popular Grammy© Award-winners Idina Menzel, Art Garfunkel, Lyle Lovett, Sandi
Patty and Kenny G.



A frequent performer with the New World Symphony, Jarvi has shared subscription concerts in
Miami Beach with Michael Tilson Thomas, Roberto Abbado, Mark Wigglesworth, Marin Alsop,
and Alasdair Neale, conducted on the NWS Charles Ives: In Context Festival and lead their
Concerts for Kids and Symphony with a Splash. As an advocate of new music, he has
collaborated with many celebrated composers including Philip Glass, Henri Dutilleux, John
Adams, John Zorn, Augusta Read Thomas, Steven Mackey, Adam Schoenberg, Jennifer
Higdon and Leon Kirchner; has conducted atTanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music, and
has led multiple performances at New York City Opera’s VOX Festival Showcasing American
Composers.

Mr. Jarvi was personally selected by Plácido Domingo to be the first conductor ever invited to be
a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Kennedy Center’s Washington
National Opera. He frequently collaborates with many of the finest singers in the world and is now
the Music Director of Winter Opera Saint Louis. Steven has held conducting positions with the
Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Opera Company of
Brooklyn and Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. Recent engagements include a Virginia
Opera production of Orphée by Phillip Glass, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Die Zauberflöte with Ash
Lawn Opera Festival and La Traviata with Winter Opera Saint Louis. In the 2012-13 season,
Jarvi will return to Ash Lawn to conduct La Boheme and to Winter Opera Saint Louis to
conduct The Ballad of Baby Doe and Tosca.

Raised in Grand Haven, Michigan, Steven Jarvi holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory from
the University of Michigan where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler, Martin Katz and Jerry
Blackstone, along with a Master's in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Institute of the
Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with the legendary conducting pedagogue, Gustav
Meier.