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, Finnish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Dublin Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Seoul and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Soloists with whom he collaborates include Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Brett Dean, Isabelle Faust, Alban Gerhardt, Martin Grubinger, Martin Helmchen, Stephen Hough, Lucas & Arthur Jussen, Kari Kriikku, Karita Mattila, Alexander Melnikov, Maxim Rysanov, Baiba Skride, Lara St. John, Simon Trpčeski, and Antoine Tamestit.
In the 19/20 season, Elts will make his debut with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Prague Radio Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic as well as return to orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Staatskapelle Weimar, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Latvian National Symphony, Slovenia Philharmonic, amongst others.
Elts’ latest recording of works by Estonian composer Heino Eller including Eller’s violin concerto with Baiba Skride and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra was widely celebrated by critics. Elts’ discography for Ondine includes a disc of Erkki-Sven Tüür works with Tapiola Sinfonietta including the viola concerto with Lawrence Power, and a recording of Tüür’s Symphony No. 5 for electric guitar, orchestra, big band and the accordion concerto Prophecy. His 2016 recording of Brahms’ arrangements (Detlev, Berio) with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra won high praise. He also recorded the Borgström and Shostakovich violin concertos with Eldbjørg Hemsing and the Wiener Symphoniker under the BIS label, and Poul Ruders Symphony No.5 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra by Bridge Records.
Elts also made his mark in the opera field, having conducted titles such as Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Idomeneo, Berlioz’s La Damnation du Faust, etc. Crossing genres, Elts toured 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. For Bernstein’s 100th anniversary, Elts conducted the film “On the Waterfront” with live orchestral accompaniment of the soundtrack.
Elts is Artistic Advisor of the Kymi Sinfonietta and Principal Guest Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from 2011-2014, Artistic Advisor of the Orchestre de Bretagne from 2006-2011, Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 2007-2010 and Chief Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra from 2001-2006. Born in Tallinn in 1971, Elts is founder of his contemporary music ensemble, NYYD Ensemble.