Risto Joost – Principal Conductor, Artistic Director of Tallinn Philharmonic Society

Prizewinner of the Malko Conducting Competition 2015 and Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2012, Risto Joost has gained widespread recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on concert stage. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to the most challenging works of contemporary composers. Since 2009 Joost is Principal Conductor of the Estonian National Opera, Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra from 2013, Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir from 2015/16 and from spring 2016 Artistic Director of Tallinn Philharmonic Society and Birgitta Festival.

Within short time Risto Joost has conducted many internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, MDR Leipzig Symphony, Philharmonie der Nationen, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, NorrlandsOperan Orchestra, Mariinski Theatre Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra,  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra,  Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra,  Belgian Baroque Orchestra B'Rock etc. He has also been working a number of esteemed vocal ensembles such as the RIAS Kammerchor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, SWR Vokalensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.

Highlights for the season 2015/16 are his debuts with the Netherlands Philharmonic at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, L´Orchestre National d’ile de France with an Anouar Brahem portrait at the Festival d’ile de France in Paris, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra/SWR Vokalensemble, Turku Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic Teatro La Fenice (coproduction with Estonian National Opera) and various projects with the MDR Leipzig Symphony and Choir.

His operatic repertoire includes L’elisir d’amoreLa Traviata, La Bohème, Tosca, Carmen, Gounod’s Faust, Capuleti e iMontecchi, Wallenberg by Erkki-Sven Tüür and ballets as Swan Lake, Nutcracker,  ManonModigliani - The Cursed Artist and others.

Risto Joost is one of the founders of Kamber, an Estonian artistic company which is focused on modern music theatre performance. He is also a co-founder of Baltic Studio Lirico, an international training programme for  young opera singers.

His discography includes recordings by Haydn with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Peeter Vähi with the Latvian National Symphony, Arvo Pärt with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, various recordings of Estonian music with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.

In 2011, Risto Joost was awarded the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Estonian Republic.

Risto Joost has studied orchestral and choral conducting as well as singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and received further training at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2008, Risto Joost graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with a Masters Degree, majoring in orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula.


Photo: Kaupo Kikkas