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Estonian conductor Andres Kaljuste recently joined the roster of the Estonian National

Opera and regularly conducts the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Symphony

Orchestra. Kaljuste has completed his orchestral conducting masters degree in 2017 at

the Sibelius Academy while simultaneously appeared as the guest-principal viola of the

Helsinki Philharmonic during the past three seasons. His first conducting season included

debts with orchestras including Helsinki Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Estonian

National Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Oulu Sinfonia, Pori

Sinfonietta and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. In autumn 2016 he stepped in at very short

notice to conduct Lahti Sinfonia in a programme of Vaughan Williams, Barber and

Dutilleux, to critical acclaim.

Kaljuste previously studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and later

Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin. A two-year scholarship followed with the

Academy of Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, after which he went on to pursue a busy

freelance career working with top UK orchestras such as the RPO, the Philharmonia and

as guest concertmaster of Oulu Sinfonia, Finland.

Kaljuste found his passion for teaching while working at Lilla Akademien, recognised as

one of the top music schools in Scandinavia, as conductor of the school's string

orchestras and ensembles while also teaching violin and viola.

As a soloist, he has appeared with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Verona

Philharmonic, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Strings, Vanemuise

Symphony Orchestra and made his debut at Berlin's Konzerthaus in 2010 with Cappella

Academica, playing the Brahms violin concerto.