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The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra is on tour in France and Germany

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The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Olari Ilds, will give concerts in Paris, Munich and Nuremberg from December 1 to 4.

Estonia’s largest orchestra will be giving concerts by Meistersingerhall in Nuremberg, Germany on December 1st, La Scène Musicale in Paris – France on December 2nd and Iserphilharmonie in Munich – Germany on December 4th.

Conducted by Olari Elds, the orchestra will perform works by Arvo Pärt, Rudolf Tobias, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Antonin Dvorak. Daniel Losakovich joined the orchestra on stage on violin. The French magazine Classic Genta called the Swedish violinist “Prince of the Violin”.

Olari Elds conducts the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Image by ERSO.

The leading band in Estonia

The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra’s roots go back to 1926. The orchestra thrived during the war and continued to perform symphonies in Tallinn during World War II. After the war, despite the repertoire imposed by the Soviets, its chief conductor, Roman Matsuev, managed to acquaint the public with the works of Bach, Handel, Mozart and Beethoven.

Among Russian composers, it is not uncommon for audiences in Tallinn to be among the first to hear Dmitri Shostakovich’s symphonies; Tallinn took third place before the premiere, only in Moscow and Leningrad.

Nim Järvi was the orchestra’s principal conductor from 1963 to 1979 and again from 2010 to 2020. Since Estonia regained its independence in 1991, the orchestra has performed all over the world, including at such prestigious venues as Konzerthaus Berlin, Füssenische Berlin, and Vysik (today’s David Geffen Hall) in New York and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Image by ERSO.

In 2004 the orchestra, conducted by Paavo Järvi, won a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance with the National Male Choir of Estonia and the Illerrhine Girls’ Choir for their performances of the Sibelius Cantatas.

Since 2020, the orchestra’s artistic director is conductor Olari Eltz.

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