Ruth Reinhardt earned her master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School where she studied with Alan Gilbert. She is currently Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony (DSO), where she recently gave her critically-acclaimed subscription debut stepping in to replace Stanislaw 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, Ruth Reinhardt was named additionally a LA Philharmonic Dudamel Fellow for the 17/18 season.
Ms. Reinhardt has recently guest conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur in a concert televised throughout Switzerland. In summer 2017 she will make debuts with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Opera productions she has conducted include Dvorák’s Rusalka and Weber’s Der Freischütz for the North Czech Opera Company, and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Leipzig University of the Arts.
Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, Ms. 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 conducting studies with Constantin Trinks, with additional training under Johannes Schlaefli and Ulrich Windfuhr. During her studies she participated in conducting master classes with, among others, Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Paavo and 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 (2015-17). During her time at Juilliard, she led the Juilliard Orchestra as well as concerts with New York City’s ÆON Ensemble, with whom she has led a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet.
A precocious talent, she had already by age 17 composed and conducted an opera, for and performed by the children and youths of her native city. 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.