Ruut Kiiski

Represented By:

Tom Kristensen
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Ole Justesen
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Ruut Kiiski (b. 1984) is a conductor with a capacity to regenerate. Having become entranced by the oddities of contemporary music during her years with the chamber choir EMO Ensemble, Ruut has gone on to spearhead numerous premières of new music. She is fascinated by that wonderful moment when notes on paper turn into music for the first time. Ruut has even set in motion a new orchestra, Camerata Vihti. Ruut’s lack of prejudice in trying new things and her need to test established boundaries spring from the unique journey she has made up to this point. To her post before the orchestra she brings her experience as a church musician and choir conductor: knowledge that all music emanates from breathing.

Ruut graduated as a conductor in 2015 from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, with Sweden becoming a second home. Studying under Professor B. Tommy Andersson and Daniel Harding, and gaining inside knowledge of another country’s music culture, allowed her to turn a fresh page in the score of her conducting career. Before her time in Stockholm, Ruut had completed Master’s studies at Sibelius Academy in both choral conducting (2011) and church music (2008). At the Academy she acquired not only solid musical competence that does not shy away from different styles, but also her ability to work with people: she knows that when musicians feel good they can give their best. Her diverse collaboration projects have opened Ruut’s eyes to how music can serve people in different situations – and not only within the conventional framework of high culture. Ruut has complemented her studies with master classes from maestros including Valery Gergiev (Turku, 2016) and Herbert Blomstedt (Stockholm, 2015), where she wielded her baton before the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Thanks to her affinity to the vocal instrument, Ruut loves spending time in the maelstrom of opera music. In the spring of 2018 she débuted at the helm of the Göteborg Opera Orchestra, and in 2017 she worked as assistant conductor to Leif Segerstam for the opera production Die Kalewalainen in Pochjola at the Turku Music Festival, among other positions. Also in 2017, Ruut led the première of Pauliina Isomäki’s oratorio Vuorisaarna (“Sermon on the Mount”) as conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in their performance of the exceptional radio opera Queen of the Cold Land by Riikka Talvitie. Other orchestras that have had the pleasure of working with Ruut include Jyväskylä Sinfonia, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wermland Opera Orchestra and the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire.

Ruut started the year 2019 with inspiring collaboration with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Among other engagements she will once again return to Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. During the fall Ruut will also collaborate with Espoo Baroque and conduct a concert project with Camerata Vihti and the Youth Piano Academy, presenting the most talented young pianists in Finland.



SYMPHONY AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA                                                                                                                                                                               
Elfrida Andreé Overture in D
Ludvig van Beethoven Symphony nro 3
Symphony nro 5
Symphony nro 7
Symphony nro 8
Johannes Brahms Symphony nro 4
Concerto for violin and cello
Ein Deutches Requiem
Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations
Arcangelo Corelli Concerto Grosso in G-minor
Antonín Dvorák Symphony nro 8
Symphony nro 9
Hans Eklund Musik för orkester (1959)
Edward Elgar The Enigma Variations
Gabriel Fauré Requiem
Edvard Grieg Holberg Suite, op. 40
Joseph Haydn Piano Concerto nro 11
G.F. Händel Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline, HWV 264
Joonas Kokkonen Requiem
Jaakko Kuusisto Leika, op. 12
Lars-Erik Larsson Orchestral Suite
Franz Liszt Piano concerto nro 1
Alma Mahler Songs (Arrangement for orchestra by Jorma Panula)
W. A. Mozart Symphony nro 38
Symphony nro 39
Symphony nro 40
Symphony nro 41
Piano concertos nro 11,12,13,20
Mass in C-major, KV 167
Requiem in D-minor
G.B. Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Arvo Pärt In memoriam Benjamin Britten
Silouans Song
Ottorino Respighi Gli uccelli
Gioachino Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia, overture
Il signor bruschino, overture
Camille Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Nöel op. 12
Jean Sibelius Symphony nro 3
Kung Kristian II -suite
Rakastava – The Lover
Pelléas et Mélissande -suite
Valse Triste
Devotion, Cantique op. 77
Songs: Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte
Svarta rosor
Säv, säv susa
Var det en dröm?
Vären flyktar
Franz Schubert Symphony nro 6
Robert Schumann Symphony nro 2
Dmitri Shostakovich Cello concerto nro 1
Ethel Smyth Double concerto for violin and horn
Johann Strauss Jr Die Fledermaus, overture
Germaine Tailleferre Ouverture
Valse des Dépêches
Pjotr Tsaikovski Symphony nro 1
Giuseppe Verdi Requiem (choir parts)
La Forza del Destino, overture
Antonio Vivaldi Quattro Stagioni


Daniel Fjellström Det går an (2016, first permormance)
Dominico Gimarosa Il Matrimonio Segreto
Charles Gounod Romeo & Juliette
Franz Lehár Giuditta
W.A. Mozart Don Giovanni
Die Zauberflöte
Karl Müller-Berghaus Die Kalewainen in Pochjola (2017, first performance)
Fredrik Pacius Kung Karls Jakt
Giacomo Puccini Turandot