Arvo Volmer, Conductor


Arvo Volmer (b. Estonia 1962) is the Artistic Director of the Estonian National Opera and the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Australia).

In February 2002 Mr. Volmer was awarded a cultural prize of Estonia for his concert activity, performances and recordings of Eduard Tubin's symphonies with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. He has studied conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music with Olev Oja and Roman Matsov, at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Ravil Martynov, and at Helmuth Rilling's master class in the U.S.A. In 1989 at the Nikolai Malko Competition in Copenhagen he received the Fourth Prize and the Special Orchestra Award.

Mr. Volmer made his debut with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 1987, became the orchestra's Associate Conductor in 1989, and in 1993-2001 was the Music Director and Chief Conductor. He was the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director 1994-2005 of the Oulu Symphony Orchestra in Finland.

Mr. Volmer has conducted operas and ballets at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, The Finnish National Opera, The Oulu City Theatre, The Malmö Opera and Music Theatre and The Norwegian Opera.

Mr. Volmer's recordings include the complete symphonies of Tubin with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the complete orchestral works of Leevi Madetoja with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra on Alba Records. He has also recorded Swedish contemporary music for Phono Suecia and Sterling Records and Estonian music for Warner/Finlandis, Antes and Signum. Arvo Volmer has recorded the Tchaikovsky 1st, Liszt 1st, Grieg A-Minor, Rakhmaninov 2nd and Beethoven 5th piano concertos for Consonant Works with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Indrek Laul.