Mihkel Järvi began his piano studies in 1992 at the Tallinn Music High School in Maigi Pakri’s piano class. In 1995, he enrolled at the Päijät-Häme Conservatoire in Lahti under the guidance of Rauno Jussila. From there, in 2004, his path led to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, to the piano class of Hamsa Juris. Now, he is graduating his Master’s studies in Juhani Lagerspetz’s piano class. He has also improved his skills at the University Morzarteum Salzburg and in the master courses of Matti Raekallio, Aleksandr Markovitš, Lauri Väinmaa, Ivari Ilja, Kalle Randalu, Piero Rattalino and Lazar Berman.
Mihkel has won prizes at the Sally Westerdahl Piano Competition and achieved the second place at the Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition (2000). In 2011, Mihkel won the second place at the chamber music competition “Juvenalia” with his sister Miina Järvi and the Special Jury Prize at the Carl Czerny International Piano Competition in Prague (2001).
Mihkel has performed as a soloist in Estonia, Finland, Germany Austria, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Lithuania, and Latvia, and has participated on the Switzerland tour of the Chamber Orchestra Vivaldika as a soloist. Mihkel has also constantly performed at the Pärnu Music Festival with several solo and chamber music programmes. In 2012, he performed with Marko Martin as an Estonian National Symphony Orchestra soloist under the conducting of Neeme Järvi. He is an active chamber musician and one of the organisers of the Lihula Music Days.