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Chief Conductor: Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano and Trento
Principal Guest Conductor: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


Estonian-born conductor Arvo Volmer is widely acclaimed for his performances in both opera and concert. He is particularly known for his interpretation of Mahler, Sibelius, Nordic and Russian repertoire, and contemporary music.

2013/14 season highlights include a South American tour with the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, including performances at the Sala São Paulo and the Teatro Colón. He also returns to NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Haydn Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra amongst others.

Throughout his career, Volmer has worked with such orchestras as the BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and L'Orchestre National de France. He has conducted the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France and most of Scandinavia's major ensembles including the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras.


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"Conductor Arvo Volmer spiked its opening with viperous rhythms and clear-chiselled chords; its "big tune", the missing link between Elgar and Eric Coates, was goose-pimple inducing. …" (New Zealand Herald, March 2010)

"Bringing together all... diverse elements, each with their own special needs, was dedicated Mahler disciple, very artistic director and conductor Volmer. Always expressive, never a gesture wasted, conveying encouragement as well as approval to his hard-working soloists, he was modest in the many curtain calls, urging that the credit go to everyone but himself. But finally the glory was his." (The Advertiser, March 2010)

"Conductor Arvo Volmer was an animated leader, cajoling the orchestra into playing not just with speed and volume but also with great character and good humour." (The Sydney Morning Herald, July 2009)

"A long wait, but volume five of Volmer's Madetoja survey appears - and delights. One of the early successes was the splendid short suite from his pantomime-ballet Okon Fuoko' and a primary attraction of this new issue is Arvo Volmer's further eight-movement extract." (Gramophone, July 2006)


Estonian Piano Concertos
Penderecki: Concerto for Flute
Ross: Heart of Night
Tubin: Concertino
Sibelius: Complete Symphonies