1937 – Born on the 7th of June in Tallinn.
1971 – He won first prize in the International Conductors Competition at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
1980 – Järvi emigrated to the United States of America.
1982 – He became the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and during his tenure, the recording profile and reputation of the orchestra greatly increased.
1987 – Became an American citizen.
1999 – Järvi was the Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is now its Music Director Emeritus.
2000 – He has helped in fund-raising for the Estonian Academy of Music.
2005 – He is Chief Conductor of Het Residentie Orkest of The Hague.