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 graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with degrees in church music and choral conducting.
Ruut’s activities for the season 2015/2016 has included conducting the Jyväskylä Sinfonia and 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 she will have a concert with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. In the spring 2017 Ruut will assist Leif Segerstam in Karl Müller-Berghaus' opera Die Kalewainen in Pochjola.
In 2014 Ruut was the assistant to conductor Lawrence Renes in the Don Giovanni production by the Royal Swedish Opera. During the same spring 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.
Among the strengths of Ruut Kiiski are solid experience and interest in new music. She has worked with the contemporary music ensemble Norrbotten NEO and 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.
“Ruut Kiiski has an inherent skill for
supporting singers and listening to their breath.”
- Hannu-Ilari Lampila, Helsingin Sanomat, 9/2014
Currently working as a freelance conductor, Ruut is the artistic director of the Camerata Vihti chamber orchestra, which she is the founder of, as well as the Academic Choral Society (Akateeminen Laulu), the mixed voice choir of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki. A versatile musician with a long experience working with the vocal instrument, she is most at home in the field of opera music, where she has received praise for her conducting.