Olari Elts

Olari Elts. Foto / Photo Marco Borggreve.


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.

Cooperation with ENSO became closer in 2007, when Elts became ENSO’s Principal Guest Conductor. Olari Elts has brought with him a wide repertoire and conducted numerous performances of large-scale works with ENSO, such as the concert performance of Mozart’s opera Idomeneo, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, etc., and, of course, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was performed in collaboration with Theatre NO99 and Eesti Kontsert. He has also brought to audiences several exciting cross-genre concerts, combining classical music with electronics and various visual effects and animations.

In addition to numerous concerts in Estonia, Olari Elts has performed several concerts abroad with ENSO: at the Il Settembre dell’Accademia festival in Verona, Italy, at a concert dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia at Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen; at the Turin Cathedral, Italy; as part of the Cultural Programme of the XX Winter Olympics, during which Arvo Pärt’s La Sindone was premiered; and twice at the Finlandia-talo in Helsinki.

Olari Elts

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.
Heino Eller. Soloist Baiba Skride. Ondine 2018.
Heino Eller. Ondine 2019.