Ruut Kiiski is a conductor from Finland with an affinity for modern music and opera. Ruut’s activities for the season 2015/2016 included conducting the Wermland Opera Orchestra, the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, being assistant conductor in the Läckö Opera Festival where she also conducted two performances of Daniel Fjellström’s first performance opera Det går an. In September, 2016, she conducted the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and in the Spring of 2017 Ruut assisted Leif Segerstam in Karl Müller-Berghaus’ opera Die Kalewainen in Pochjola.
Ruut Kiiski has a strong affinity for new music. She has worked with the contemporary music ensemble Norrbotten NEO and has been a visiting conductor for the EMO Ensemble chamber choir. Ruut is always interested in collaboration and conversation with composers; during her career she has premiered works by many Nordic composers such as Riikka Talvitie, Petter Ekman and Ville Matvejeff.
This season, Ruut Kiiski will conduct a program with music by Stravinsky, Bartók och Ravel with the L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
In 2014, Ruut was the assistant to conductor Lawrence Renes in the Don Giovanni production by the Royal Swedish Opera. During the same period, she also conducted a co-operation project between the Royal College of Music and the University College of Opera in Stockholm, consisting of four new short operas. In Finland, Ruut has conducted smaller opera productions: Riikka Talvitie’s Yksi siemen, yksi suru was premiered by Värinää ry in Järvenpää, and D. Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage was performed in the Sello Hall in Espoo in September 2014. As a choral conductor, her work in opera music has also involved the training of choirs for the opera productions of the Sibelius Academy.
At the end of spring 2015, Ruut Kiiski graduated with a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where she has studied with Professor B. Tommy Andersson and Daniel Harding. She has previously also two degrees from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, in church music and choral conducting.