Arvo Volmer
Conductor

“Volmer was impassioned and tightly controlled. Every move, every gesture was designed to ensure the ultimate dramatic effect of each note, each syllable.” (The Advertiser)

Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Stephanie Haller +49 (0)89 6797 10434

Biography

Chief Conductor: Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento

 

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

Music Director of the Orchestra Haydn, Volmer leads the Orchestra in substantial tours to Germany and Italy. Other current highlights include Volmer’s return to The Macao Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, his continued relationship with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and performances of Anna Bolena and Aida at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn.

Former titles include Artistic Director and Chief Conductor at the Estonian National Opera from 2004, Associate Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 1989 and Music Director from 1993 until 2001, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director at Finland’s Oulu Symphony Orchestra between 1994 and 2005 and Music Director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2013, Volmer now continues his relationship with the orchestra into upcoming seasons.

Chief Conductor: Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento

 

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

Music Director of the Orchestra Haydn, Volmer leads the Orchestra in substantial tours to Germany and Italy. Other current highlights include Volmer’s return to The Macao Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, his continued relationship with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and performances of Anna Bolena and Aida at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn.

Former titles include Artistic Director and Chief Conductor at the Estonian National Opera from 2004, Associate Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 1989 and Music Director from 1993 until 2001, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director at Finland’s Oulu Symphony Orchestra between 1994 and 2005 and Music Director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2013, Volmer now continues his relationship with the orchestra into upcoming seasons.

Arvo Volmer has appeared at all the important theatres and opera houses and performed with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Macau Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and all important orchestras in Australia. 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, Gothenburg Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras. As an opera conductor, Volmer has performed at the Bolshoi Theatre, Finnish National Opera, Norwegan Opera and regularly with Opera Australia in the Sydney and Melbourne opera houses.

Volmer’s extensive discography includes the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius for ABC, the symphonic works of Eduard Tubin, the complete works of Leevi Madetoja and works by Swedish and Estonian contemporary composers. His latest release features the wind concertos of Ross Edwards with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Stephanie Haller +49 (0)89 6797 10434

Reviews

“…and in this great work this impressive conductor came fully into his own. In terms of tempos, structural command and many myriad details – such as the manner by which he judged the elision into the 3/4 pulse in the first movement – together with his total grasp of every demand Sibelius asks of his interpreters, betokened a conductor of exceptional musicianship and technical mastery.” (Classical Source, January 2016)

“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)

“…and in this great work this impressive conductor came fully into his own. In terms of tempos, structural command and many myriad details – such as the manner by which he judged the elision into the 3/4 pulse in the first movement – together with his total grasp of every demand Sibelius asks of his interpreters, betokened a conductor of exceptional musicianship and technical mastery.” (Classical Source, January 2016)

“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)

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