Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Olympic Committee history as Estonia appoint first non-sport ambassador, Kristjan Jarvi

Kristjan Järvi - photo Peter Rigaud
Kristjan Järvi - photo Peter Rigaud
The Estonian Olympic Committee has appointed the conductor Kristjan Järvi to become a standing member of the national committee. This remarkable move makes history; Järvi is the first non-sporting person to be appointed to the committee.

Kristjan Järvi was born in Estonia but emigrated to the USA as a child. He is already highly involved in projects in Estonia and the Baltic region. He created the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic in 2008, and his Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra, in 2015. Both groups draw on players from all 10 Baltic countries. Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra will be touring the Baltic countries in September this year with violinist Gidon Kremer.

Järvi now is looking at ways to bring all types of music from classical to hip hop together in order to help the young especially get involved in sport and hopefully bring Olympic success to Estonia not just in the winter Olympics but the summer ones as well.

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