Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

30.11.22 - 04.12.22

about the tour.

The unique position in the intersection of cultures brings together Nordic, Western and Eastern musical traditions. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2026, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra has become the most prominent orchestral ambassador of Estonia abroad. With Estonian Music Director and Chief Conductor Olari Elts and the Swedish born violinist Daniel Lozakovich, winner of the 2016 Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition (at the age of 15) the orchestra will go on a European tour.

Rudolf Tobias: Ouverture "Julius Caesar" für Orchester (1896)

Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur op. 35


Antonin Dvořák: Symphonie Nr. 8 G-Dur op. 88 (1889)




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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester, ERSO) – a vivid and versatile orchestra who’s always striving towards excellence. The unique position in the intersection of cultures brings together Nordic, Western and Russian musical traditions. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2026, ERSO has become the most prominent orchestral ambassador of Estonia abroad, powerfully increasing its international scope particularly in recent decades. Since the 2020/21 season, its Chief Conductor and Artistic Director is Olari Elts. Neeme Järvi, the longest-serving chief conductor of the ERSO, continues to cooperate with the orchestra as an Honorary Artistic Director for Life and the Artistic Adviser of the orchestra is Paavo Järvi.

The orchestra performs with renowned conductors and soloists from around the world, including, of course, most prominent Estonian musicians. ERSO’s CDs demonstrate a quality that has been recognised by several renowned music magazines and the orchestra has won several prizes, including a Grammy Award for the recording of cantatas by Sibelius. Its home venue is the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn and it has dazzled the world with numerous tours and participated in reputable international music festivals. They have played in prestigious venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikverein in Vienna, Rudolfinum in Prague, Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Avery Fisher Hall (current David Geffen Hall) in New York, the Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia and the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Helsinki Music Centre, Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, and many more. Some of the most recent festivals ERSO has attended include the Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier with Neeme Järvi and the Eufonie International Festival of Central and Eastern Europe in Warsaw under the baton of Olari Elts.

The orchestra has enjoyed fruitful cooperation with highly acclaimed record companies such as Chandos, BIS, Ondine and Onyx, and in the past also with Alba Records, Harmonia Mundi, and Melodiya. In addition to local radio and television channels, ERSO’s concerts have been broadcasted by Mezzo, and they have also reached many radio listeners via the EBU. In 2020, the orchestra launched its own channel –

As for conductors and soloists, ERSO is fortunate to perform with the very best from all around the world, including front-rank Estonian musicians. Commanding a repertoire that ranges from the Baroque period to the present time, the ERSO has had the honour to premiere symphonic pieces by almost every Estonian composer, including Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Jüri Reinvere, and Eduard Tubin.

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Olari Elts

Olari Elts © Katrin Viil

Music Director and Chief Conductor Estonian National Symphony Orchestra,
Artistic Advisor Kymi Sinfonietta

Olari Elts’ passion for distinctive programming rich with invention has earned him much praise on the international music scene. He began his tenure as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 2020. Since 2018, he is also Artistic Advisor of the Kymi Sinfonietta.

Olari Elts has appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras such as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Finnish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Soloists with whom he collaborates include Daniel Lozakovich, 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, Baiba Skride, Simon Trpčeski, and Antoine Tamestit.

In the 2022/23 season, Elts leads the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra on tour to Germany and France in cities including Munich and Paris, along with violinist Daniel Lozakovich. He guest conducts orchestras such as the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg and Dusseldorf Symphony orchestras, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, and returns to Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música for the world premiere of a new piece by Erkki-Sven Tüür. This season marks his return to Asia for his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and in Norway he records with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra a new album with music by award-winning composer Øyvind Torvund. Elts finishes off the season with a grand tour of the UK with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, whilst maintaining his close collaboration with the Kymi Sinfonietta. 

As a champion of contemporary Baltic composers such as Erkki-Sven Tüür and Heino Eller, Elts has released recordings of Heino Eller’s Symphonic Poems, as well as Eller’s violin concerto with Baiba Skride and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Also widely celebrated by critics are his Ondine recordings of Erkki-Sven Tüür works with Tapiola Sinfonietta, including the viola concerto with Lawrence Power, Tüür’s Symphony No. 5 for electric guitar, orchestra, big band and the accordion concerto Prophecy with the Helsinki Philharmonic. His 2016 recording of Brahms’ arrangements (Glanert, Berio) with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra also received high praise. Elts’ discography includes 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. His recently released an album with music by Kalevi Aho, recorded with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

Elts also made his mark in the opera field, having conducted titles such as Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Idomeneo and Berlioz’s La Damnation du Faust. Crossing genres, Elts toured to the Konzerthaus Berlin with the theatre-concert production which combined 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 Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. 

Elts was Principal Guest Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2020 and held the same position at Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from 2011-2014. He was 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.

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Daniel Lozakovich, Violin

Daniel Lozakovich © Johan Sandberg, Deutsche Grammophon

Daniel Lozakovich, whose music-making leaves both critics and audiences spellbound, was born in Stockholm in 2001 and began playing the violin at the age of seven. He made his solo debut two years later with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Teodorovič Spivakov. Lozakovich now regularly performs with such orchestras as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orquestra Gulbenkian and the Münchner Philharmoniker. He collaborates the world’s eminent conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Cristian Măcelaru, Klaus Mäkelä, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Lahav Shani, Tugan Sokhiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nathalie Stutzmann, Krzysztof Urbański and Lorenzo Viotti.

Lozakovich opens the current season with his debut appearance at the BBC Proms, performing Brahms with BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is the season’s Artist in Residence with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, performing concertos and recitals across the season. Other concerto dates include Oslo Philharmonic under Klaus Mäkelä, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg and tour dates with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. He makes his debut with Filarmonica della Scala, working for the first time with Riccardo Chailly. Further afield, he will appear with Singapore Symphony Orchestra and make his debut in South Korea, both in recital and with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a touring artist he has undertaken engagements in Japan and Asia with Valery Gergiev, and the hr-Sinfonieorchester under Andrés Orozco-Estrada. In spring 2022, he made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

A highly sought-after recitalist, Lozakovich performs his recital debut at the The Concertgebouw this season. He has made appearances at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Tonhalle Zürich, Victoria Hall Geneva, Conservatorio G. Verdi Milan and the Mariinsky Theatre. On tour he has appeared at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, The Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Konzerthaus Wien. Lozakovich is regular at international music festivals, including the Verbier Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Festival Rotterdam, White Nights Festival of St. Petersburg, Moscow Easter Festival, Tsinandali Festival, Festival de Pâques – Aix-en-Provence, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival. Lozakovich enjoys collaborations with the likes of Ivry Gitlis, Emanuel Ax, Renaud Capuçon, Shlomo Mintz, Mikhail Pletnev, Denis Matsuev, Khatia Buniatishvili, George Li, Seong-Jin Cho, Martin Fröst and Maxim Vengerov.

Aged 15, Lozakovich signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and in 2018 released his debut album of Bach’s violin concerti and the solo partita No. 2. The album reached number 1 in the music category of the French Amazon charts and the classical album charts in Germany.“None but the lonely heart”, Lozakovich’s second album, was released in 2019. Dedicated to Tchaikovsky, it includes the Violin Concerto, and the disc was recorded live with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Spivakov. Lozakovich’s third album, released in 2020, centres on the Beethoven Violin concerto, again recorded live, with the Münchner Philharmoniker, together with Lozakovich’s close artist partner and the orchestra’s Chief Conductor, Valery Gergiev, and released as an audio album and e-video, in the 250th Beethoven anniversary year. An incredibly significant project to Lozakovich, who regards the concerto as one of the all-time greatest concerti ever written, the album reached the streaming release charts on Spotify and Tidal.

Lozakovich has been awarded many prizes including 1st prize at the 2016 Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition and “The Young Artist of the Year 2017” award at the Festival of Nations, the Premio Batuta Award in Mexico, and the Excelentia Prize under the honorary presidency of Queen Sofia of Spain. Lozakovich studied at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Professor Josef Rissin from 2012, and from 2015 has been mentored by Eduard Wulfson in Geneva. Daniel Lozakovich plays the “ex-Baron Rothschild” Stradivari on generous loan on behalf of the owner by Reuning & Son, Boston, and Eduard Wulfson and plays the Stradivarius Le Reynier (1727), generously loaned by LVMH / MOET HENNESSY. LOUIS VUITTON.

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