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.