Ruth Reinhardt earned her master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School where she studied with Alan Gilbert. She is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Jaap van Zweden. She is also Associate Conducting Fellow of the Taki Concordia program with Marin Alsop and the regular conductor of New York City-based ÆON Ensemble with whom she lead a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. Reinhardt has previously been Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center and additionally worked with the Juilliard Orchestra. Recently, her performances with the Musikkollegium Winterthur were made into a major broadcast on Swiss TV.
Reinhardt gave her critically acclaimed subscription debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in November, when she stepped in to replace Stanisław Skrowaczewski.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season feature her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and concerts with the Seattle Symphony.
As a child Ruth was a member of the Children's Chorus of Saarländisches Staatstheater (Germany), which imparted upon her great love and appreciation for opera. She has conducted performances of Die Fledermaus at the Leipzig University of the Arts, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Weber's Der Freischütz with the North Czech Opera Company. At age 17, she composed and conducted a children’s opera in her hometown, which was performed solely by children and youth of the community. While studying in Zürich, Reinhardt conducted the premieres of two Children’s operas - Die Kleine Meerjungfrau a chamber opera by young Swiss composer Michal Muggli, and Wassilissa a chamber opera by young German composer Dennis Bäsecke.
Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, Reinhardt began her formal musical education at the age of six studying the violin and completed her studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) with Rudolf Koelman. Reinhardt began conducting in 2004, under the direction of Constantin Trinks. She has also studied with Professor Johannes Schlaefli and Ulrich Windfuhr. She has taken masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop and James Ross.
Photographer: Harrison Linsey