The Person

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Estonian conductor Arvo Volmer is widely acclaimed for his powerful performances in both opera and concert. Particularly well-known are his interpretations of Mahler and Sibelius, German, Nordic and Russian composers and contemporary music.

Arvo Volmer is a graduate of the renowned St. Petersburg Conservatoire’s conducting class, and in 1989 was a prize-winner of the Nikolai Malko Competition in Copenhagen.

1984
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Debut

Volmer made his professional debut with the Estonian National Opera at the age of 22 and has been associated with the company ever since.
He became Associate Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 1989 and Music Director from 1993 until 2001.Volmer was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Finland’s Oulu Symphony Orchestra between 1994 and 2005.

2004 – 2013
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Estonian National Opera

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

In 2004, Arvo Volmer became Artistic Director and Chief Conductor at the Estonian National Opera as well as Music Director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – a position he held until the end of 2013.

During his times the MD Volmer led the ASO on tour to Los Angeles and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Other outstanding projects include the highly acclaimed, five-year long Mahler Cycle and Schumann and Sibelius Festivals. From 2013 until 2015 he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the ASO. His commitment to the Orchestra continues into upcoming seasons.

As the artistic Director of the Estonian National Opera the major milestones were the first Estonian productions of Tristan and Isolde and Parsifal, the production and DVD recording of Erkki-Sven Tuur’s Wallenberg.

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Music Director of the Orchestra Haydn

Music Director of the Orchestra Haydn since 2014/15 season, Volmer led the Orchestra in substantial tours to Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2015, Südtiroler Festspiele Toblach in 2014 and 2015 and will take the HOBT to Tiroler Festspiele Erl in 2016.

Other current highlights include Volmer’s debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and return visits to the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, debut with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Career

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Arvo Volmer has appeared at many important theatres and opera houses and performed with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra, Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra OSESP.

He has conducted all important orchestras in Australia, including the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Macau Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has conducted the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg – on tour in South America – and most of Scandinavia’s major ensembles including the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras.

As an opera conductor, Volmer has performed at the Bolshoi Theatre, Finnish National Opera, Norwegian Opera, Malmö Musik Theatre, Deutsche Nationaltheatre Mannheim and regularly with Opera Australia in the Sydney Opera House.

Discography

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Throughout his career, Arvo Volmer has made an extensive number of recordings, including the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius for ABC (recorded following a cycle with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) and the symphonic works of Eduard Tubin.

He has also recorded the complete works of Leevi Madetoja and works by Swedish and Estonian contemporary music. His latest release features the wind concertos of Ross Edwards with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Concerts

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  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Nielsen 18:30, Adelaide
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  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Nielsen 20:00, Adelaide
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  • OSESP – Kodály, Tchaikovsky, Mozart 16:30, Sao Paulo, Sala São Paulo
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  • OSESP – Kodály, Tchaikovsky, Mozart 21:00, Sao Paulo, Sala São Paulo
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  • OSESP – Kodály, Tchaikovsky, Mozart 21:00, Sao Paulo, Sala São Paulo
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  • NNO – Prokofiev, Mozart, Schumann 20:15, Winschoten, De Klinker
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  • NNO – Prokofiev, Mozart, Schumann 20:15, Groningen, De Oosterpoort
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  • NNO – Prokofiev, Mozart, Schumann 20:00, Drachten, De Lawei
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  • Radio Filharmonisch Orkest – Myaskovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff 11:00, Amsterdam, Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal
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  • Radio Filharmonisch Orkest – Myaskovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff 19:30, Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg, Grote Zaal
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