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Budapest Festival Orchestra

Olari Elts

Born in Tallinn in 1971, Olari Elts’ passion for distinctive programming rich with invention has earned him much praise on the international music scene. He appears with such orchestras as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Orchestre National de France. Soloists with whom he collaborates include Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Brett Dean, Isabelle Faust, Alban Gerhardt and Stephen Hough. The 2017/18 season sees Elts return to Finnish Radio Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RTE Dublin Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Slovenia Philharmonic of Llubljana, Robert-Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz and debut with Seoul Philharmonic. Crossing genres, Elts tours to the Konzerthaus Berlin with the theatre-concert production which combines Mendelssohn and Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the Tallinn-based theatre company NO99. In the opera field, Elts led a new production of Eugene Onegin for Arctic Opera on tour in Norway in 2015 and titles such as Britten’s Albert Herring and Puccini’s Il Trittico at the Estonian National Opera as well as Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Idomeneo with both Latvian and Estonian National Symphony Orchestras. At the Opéra de Rennes, he conducted Berlioz’s La Damnation du Faust. Elts is Artistic Advisor of the Kymi Sinfonietta and Principal Guest Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

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