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.”

Complete details of the new programme will be made public shortly but in the meantime the festival has announced that a full week of concerts will take place, live streamed on the festival website and with an audience of approx. 300 for each concert. The master-classes will also be streamed live so that young conductors who are unable to travel to Estonia can still participate.