Andres Kaljuste Viola, Estonia

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. 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 during the past three seasons.

Andres Kaljuste’s first conducting season included debuts 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.

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.