Born in Saarbrücken, conductor Ruth Reinhardt composed and conducted a children’s opera for children and young people in her home town when she was only 17. After graduating from high school, she began conducting studies in Zurich with Constantin Trinks, which she supplemented with additional training with Johannes Schlaefli in Zurich. She also took part in conducting master classes with Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman and James Ross, among others. Already during her studies, Ruth Reinhardt conducted two chamber operas for children: “The Little Mermaid” by the Swiss composer Michal Muggli and “Wassilissa” by the German composer Dennis Bäsecke. After earning her Master’s degree in conducting at The Juilliard School with Alan Gilbert, Ruth Reinhardt earned conducting fellowships with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center (2015) and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (2015-2016). She was an Associate Conducting Fellow with the Taki Concordia Program (2015-2017) and a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (2017-2018). In 2018 and 2019, she also served as Assistant Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of recent seasons include debuts with the Cleveland, San Francisco, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Orlando, Milwaukee, and Portland symphonies; the Blossom Music Center and Wolf Trap summer festivals in Virginia; and the Los Angeles and St. Paul chamber orchestras. In Europe, she has made debuts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Austria, the Grosses Orchester Graz, and in Scandinavia with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras in Gävle and Kristiansand, and in Germany with the Impuls Festival, the DSO Berlin, the Orchestre National de Radio France, the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. She will conduct the RSB for the first time in 2023.