RUTH REINHARDT is Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), where she recently gave her critically-acclaimed subscription debut, stepping in to replace Stanisław Skrowaczewski on short notice in a concert selected by The Dallas Morning News as one of the year’s highlights. With the DSO, Ruth conducts a wide variety of the orchestra’s extensive concerts and programs, including its contemporary alternative ReMix series, regular subscriptions for “DSO on the Go” programs performed in neighboring cities and communities, as well as concerts during DSO’s innovative Soluna Festival.
In July 2017, Reinhardt was named a Dudamel Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2017/18 season. She has recently guest-conducted The Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Malmö Symphony, and the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur in a concert televised throughout Switzerland. Upcoming engagements include the North Carolina Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in the Primrose Viola Competition, her subscription debut with the Dallas Symphony, as well as performances with the symphony orchestras of Fort Worth, Omaha, Orlando, Santa Fe, Sarasota, and Seattle. This summer, she makes her debut with the Stockholm Philharmonic, and will serve as the Assistant Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. In addition, she will work with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra (NYO-USA), assisting Michael Tilson Thomas. Reinhardt was recently selected as one of three active participants in the annual master class of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, this year given by Daniele Gatti.
Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, Ruth Reinhardt began studying violin at an early age and sang in the children’s chorus of Saarländisches Staatstheater, Saarbrücken’s opera company. She attended Zurich’s University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) to study violin with Rudolf Koelman, and began her conducting studies with Constantin Trinks, with additional training under Johannes Schlaefli and Ulrich Windfuhr. In Zurich, she had the opportunity to participate in conducting master classes with, among others, Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, and James Ross. Post-university, she studied with Alan Gilbert at The Juilliard School, where she received her master’s degree in conducting.
Prior to her appointment in Dallas, Ruth was a conducting fellow at the Seattle Symphony (2015/16), Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center (2015), and an associate conducting fellow of Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia program (2015). During her time at Juilliard, she led the Juilliard Orchestra as well as concerts with New York City’s ÆON Ensemble, which she has led in a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet.
A precocious talent, by age 17 she had already composed and conducted an opera for, and performed by, the children and youths of her home town. While studying in Zurich, she also conducted the premieres of two chamber operas for children: Die Kleine Meerjungfrau (The Little Mermaid) by Swiss composer Michal Muggli, and Wassilissa by German composer Dennis Bäsecke. Other opera productions she has conducted include Dvořák’s Rusalka and Weber’s Der Freischütz for the North Czech Opera Company, and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Leipzig University of the Arts.