Risto Joost (b 1980)

* Conductor in the Estonian National Opera (opera and ballet)
* Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir
* Artistic Director of Tallinn Sinfonietta
* Assistant to Neeme Järvi (season 2011/2012) with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Risto Joost has studied orchestral conducting and singing in the Estonian Academy of Music, received further training at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and received his masters degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Prof Jorma Panula.
Risto Joost has regularly conducted orchestras such as Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Ostrobothian Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and worked with orchestras such as Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Holland Baroque Society, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra.
In June 2007, Risto Joost made his debut in the Estonian National Opera conducting Erkki- Sven Tüür’s opera Wallenberg where since 2009 he is a full-time conductor. In Estonian National Opera he has conducted operas like La Bohème by Puccini, Carmen by Bizet, Love for Three Oranges by Prokofiev, I Capuletti e i Montecchi by Bellini, La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart (in co-operation with the opera studio of the Estonian Academy of Music), and ballets Pelléas and Mélisande by Schönberg, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Coppélia by Delibes and Manon by Massenet.
Especially noteworthy contribution to the Estonian music is Risto Joost’s role as the founder and initiator of two ensembles: in 1999, he founded chamber choir Voces Musicales, and in 2008, chamber orchestra Tallinn Sinfonietta currently working on a major project Mozart and his Symphonies with an ambition to perform all published symphonies by the composer. Both ensembles have become important and finely polished carriers of Estonian musical culture.
Their first CD Pilgrim’s Song (2009) - music by Arvo Pärt, performed by Tallinn Sinfonietta and chamber choir Voces Musicales gathered critical acclaim in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine.Since 2000, Risto Joost has been a regular participant in the Estonian Music Days, Nyyd Festival, Festival of the Young Estonian Composers (in Tartu, Estonia), conducting more than 50 première performances ranging from chamber music to extensive symphonic repertoire with different Estonian ensembles and orchestras.