(ST. LOUIS) – The St. Louis Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Jarvi to the post of Resident Conductor, effective at the start of the 2013-2014 season. 

Recognized as one of the country’s fastest-rising conductors, Jarvi is no stranger to the St. Louis Symphony.  He was at the podium for the first St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra concert this season last November.  In his new role, he will serve as the YO’s Music Director and also lead various concerts on the St. Louis Symphony’s schedule, including education and family concerts, community concerts and Live at Powell Hall performances.  Other duties will include assisting the music director and guest conductors in rehearsals.  His first appearance as resident conductor will be at Forest Park on September 17, 2013.

"It is wonderful that we managed to get Steven Jarvi,”said Music Director David Robertson.  “His unique combination of talent, innovation and inspired, infectious music making will be a delight for the Youth Orchestra and an excellent addition to the St. Louis Symphony family."

“I am honored and thrilled to be joining the St. Louis Symphony and St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra,” Jarvi said.  “This orchestra's incredible history and sense of tradition are matched equally with warmth, outstanding musicianship and a commitment to the community. My wife, Joanne and I look forward to becoming a larger part of the St. Louis community and thank the orchestra and David Robertson for welcoming us into their musical family.”

As a guest conductor, Jarvi has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.  Jarvi is currently the Music Director of Winter Opera St. Louis and was formerly Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony.  He came to Kansas City after several years as the Conducting Fellow at New World Symphony in Miami Beach, as an Associate Conductor with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center and as an Apprentice Conductor with the Washington National Opera in Washington D.C. 

Jarvi holds a Bachelor's degree in music theory from the University of Michigan and 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.


*Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and is widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and second American-born conductor in the Orchestra’s history. In its 133rd season, the St. Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year. In June 2008, the Symphony launched Building Our Business, which takes a proactive, two-pronged approach: build audiences and re-invigorate the Symphony’s brand making the St. Louis Symphony and Powell Hall the place to be; and build the base for enhanced institutional commitment and donations. This is all part of a larger strategic plan adopted in May 2009 that includes new core ideology and a 10-year strategic vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, doubling the existing audience, and revenue growth across all key operating areas.