“Paavo Järvi has been named as the new Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich,” reports Martin Cullingford in Tuesday’s (5/30) Gramophone (U.K.). “The Estonian conductor will take up the post with the 2019/20 season, for an initial five-year contract, though will also spend three weeks with the orchestra in the preceding season. Järvi first conducted the orchestra in 2009, returning for the second time only last December. He succeeds Lionel Bringuier, whose tenure began in in 2014. Former chief conductors also include Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach and David Zinman. ‘I am extremely honoured to be taking on the role of Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich’, said Järvi … ‘On the most recent occasion I had the privilege of working with the orchestra, I felt a very strong chemistry with both the musicians and the management and was overwhelmed by their commitment.’ … He also holds the post of Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, as well as running the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia.” Järvi was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 2001 to 2011.

Posted June 1, 2017