Estonian conductor, violinist and violist Andres Kaljuste recently made his conducting debut in 2018 at the Estonian National Opera and regularly conducts the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Symphony Orchestra. He completed his orchestral conducting masters degree in 2017 at the Sibelius Academy while simultaneously appeared as the guest-principal viola of the Helsinki Philharmonic.
As a conductor, Kaljuste has worked with several orchestras including Helsinki Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus 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. This season he will make his debut with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra as well as returns to Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
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.
Andres 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.