In 2016/17 season Olari Elts makes his debut with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, also conducting Orchestre National de Radio France, Seattle Symphony, National Arts Orchestra Ottawa. Further guest conducting includes concerts with Helsinki Philharmonic, Weimar Staatskapelle, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.

Olari Elts is also well known for his work with chamber ensembles earning high praise for concerts last season with Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This season sees the continuation of his recording project of works Erkki-Sven Tüür with Tapiola Sinfonietta including the viola concerto with Lawrence Power. Soloists with whom he collaborates include Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Olli Mustonen, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Simon Trpceski, Stephen Hough, Isabelle Faust, Baiba Skride, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Sol Gabetta, Kari Kriikku, Martin Grubinger, SallyMatthews and Lilli Paasikivi.

In the opera field, Elts has successfully led a new production of Eugene Onegin for Arctic Opera taking it on tour through Norway in February 2015. He has led several productions at the Estonian National Opera, including Britten’s Albert Herring and Puccini’s Il Trittico.

Elts’s passion for fellow Estonian Erkki-Sven Tüür’s music was marked by the release of an all – Tüür recording in 2014 including Symphony No. 5 and the accordion concerto Prophecy (Ondine). Olari Elts continues as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Positions he has previously held include Principal Guest Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic (2011–2014), Principal Guest of the Orchestre de Bretagne (2006–2011), Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (2007–2010), Principal Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (2001–2006).

Born in Tallinn in 1971, Olari Elts is founder of his contemporary music ensemble, NYYD Ensemble.