Principal guest conductor from 2007
Olari Elts’s had first concert with ENSO, City Life, in 1998. The programme included the works of John Adams, Steve Reich ja Eino Tamberg. Initially, Elts won recognition mainly by his interpretation of present-day music. Now his repertoire is considerably broader, including pieces for symphony orchestra from all periods. In addition to classics of orchestral music, he often includes forgotten gems into his programmes. One of the pivotal moments in his cooperation with ENSO was the concert performance of Mozart’s opera Idomeneo in 2006.
In addition to numerous concerts in Estonia, Olari Elts and ENSO have given several concerts abroad: in September 2008 at Il Settembre dell’ Accademia festival in Verona, Italy, in February 2008 in Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen (a concert dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia), in 2006 in Turin Cathedral, Italy, within the cultural programme of the 20th Winter Olympic Games and twice in Finlandia-talo in Helsinki. Olari Elts and ENSO have performed a number of new Estonian musical compositions, including Eino Tamberg’s Opening Fanfares (2002), Helena Tulve’s Extinction des choses vues (2007), the Estonian premieres of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Symphonies No. 4, 5, and 8, etc.
Principal Guest Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony, Olari Elts’ passion for distinctive programming rich with invention has earned him much praise on the international music scene. His programmes regularly feature choral repertoire.
In the opera field, he has led several productions at the Estonian National Opera, including Britten’s Albert Herring andPuccini’s Il Trittico, as well as Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Idomeneo with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. During the autumn of 2008, he conducted performances of Marschner’s Der Vampyr in both Hungary and Rennes, returning to Opéra de Rennes in 2010 for Berlioz’s La Damnation du Faust.
Winner of the International Sibelius Conductors’ Competition in Helsinki in 2000, Olari Elts became Principal Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra from 2001-2006. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for three seasons from the 2007/08 season, Principal Guest Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic for two seasons from the 2011/12, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Bretagne from 2006-2011. Born in Tallinn in 1971, Olari Elts is founder of his contemporary music ensemble, NYYD Ensemble.
More information: www.olarielts.com
CD of Olari Elts & ENSO
Erkki-Sven Tüür. Oxymoron. ECM 2007.