Estonian conductor, violinist and violist Andres Kaljuste is described by maestro Paavo Järvi as “blessed with trademark instinctive musicianship, a sensitive approach to sound and an ability to form an easy and natural bond with orchestral musicians”.
This season sees Kaljuste return to orchestras such as Estonian Youth Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra with whom he’ll open the 2020 Estonian Music Days Festival. In the UK he will be making his debut with Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra in an all-Finnish programme of Rautavaara and Sibelius. Kaljuste was also one of ten conductors out of 287 applicants to be admitted for the inaugural Siemens-Hallé International Conducting Competition.
During his conducting studies at the Sibelius Academy from 2014, Andres simultaneously appeared as the guest-principal viola of the Helsinki Philharmonic for three consecutive seasons. He soon made his conducting debut with this orchestra as well as many others in the Nordic region, including Lahti Sinfonia, Tampere Philharmonic, Odense Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Kaljuste is also a passionate teacher, having worked at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm as conductor of the school's string orchestras whilst also teaching violin and viola there. He has also regularly conducted the symphony orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
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.
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.