Praised for his “uncommonly expressive and detailed” performances by the Miami Herald and described as an “eloquent and decisive” conductor by the Wall Street Journal, Steven Jarvi is recognized as one of America's fastest rising conductors with an equal passion for the concert hall and the opera house. Jarvi is the newly appointed Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, Music Director of Winter Opera Saint Louis, and the Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Formerly the Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony (KCS), he won the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award in 2009. He came to the KCS after several years as the Conducting Fellow with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, as an Associate Conductor for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, and as the Apprentice Conductor with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
While Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Jarvi led over 150 performances. In his first season with the KCS, he made his Classical Series debut after filling in on short notice with violinst Midori, as Music Director Michael Stern awaited the birth of his second child. Jarvi returned the following season, after studying in Vienna with principal members of the Vienna Philharmonic, conducting a highly praised subscription weekend of Viennese music featuring pianist Simone Dinnertstein.
As the Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, beginning in September 2013, Jarvi will lead a wide range of events including the Live at Powell Hall concert series, Family and Educational concerts, and other selected classical events. He will also conduct the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and assist Music Director David Robertson.
Raised in Grand Haven, Michigan, Steven Jarvi holds a bachelor's degree in Music Theory from the University of Michigan where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler, Martin Katz, and Jerry Blackstone, along with 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.