Estonian conductor, violinist and violist Andres Kaljuste enjoys a rich musical life both in his homeland and abroad. Hailed in the press as ”a musician with a great sense of character”, Kaljuste is a versatile artist passionately dedicated to communication through music of diverse styles and genres.
Currently studying orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy, he is also guest-principal viola of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He has participated in masterclasses of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Herbert Blomstedt, Hannu Lintu, Oliver Knussen and Mikko Franck, and has collaborated from the podium with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Kuopio City Orchestra and Pärnu City Orchestra.
He has worked 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.
Kaljuste 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 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia and as guest concert-master of the Oulu Sinfonia, Finland.
As a soloist, Kaljuste 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.
The 2016/17 season will see Kaljuste make his conducting debut with Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He is honoured to have been selected to conduct a symphony concert in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Sibelius Academy, broadcast on Finnish national television. Kaljuste will take his opera diploma at the Sibelius Academy in December 2016, conducting Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel”.