CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that Paavo Jarvi has decided to conclude his tenure as the Orchestra's 12th music director at the end of the 2010-11 season, when his contract expires.
Maestro Järvi's final concerts as CSO Music Director will be in May of 2011.
"Conducting this great orchestra in Cincinnati has been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of my career," said Mr. Järvi. "This also marks my longest tenure and for good reason – I love this orchestra. The CSO is playing better than ever and I'm looking forward to my tenth season making music with these incredible musicians and performing for our fantastic Cincinnati audiences. I feel that after a decade on this podium, it will be time to pass the baton to Cincinnati's next music director, but will always cherish my years here and look forward to collaborations with the CSO beyond my music directorship. I'm also excited to see how this dynamic, world-class ensemble will continue to grow and thrive."
"Paavo Järvi's remarkable impact on this institution and our community is without question," said CSO President Trey Devey. "His creative drive and commitment to excellence have captured the world's attention and elevated the Orchestra's stature. The CSO is performing at the highest level – a testament to his leadership and vision.
Mr. Järvi, who was given the "Spirit of Cincinnati" Queen City Advocate Award in 2004 for bringing positive worldwide recognition to Greater Cincinnati, is among a celebrated list of prestigious music directors who have led the CSO, beginning with Frank Van der Stucken in 1895.
"As I look back on my time in Cincinnati, I have so many fantastic memories of the city, the people, and, of course, our amazing orchestra," said Mr. Järvi. "We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant community that values the arts."
Mr. Järvi will continue to serve as Music Director for the CSO through the end of the 2010-2011 season, and the details of his tenth anniversary season will be announced in the coming days.