Ruth Reinhardt Named DSO Assistant Conductor

DALLAS (May 2, 2016) – Music Director Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announce the appointment of Ruth Reinhardt as Assistant Conductor. In this role, she will conduct youth concerts, select DSO on the GO and ReMix series performances, Dallas Symphony Community and Parks Concerts and other performances as assigned. She will also regularly assist the Music Director and guest conductors in the preparation of the orchestra for Texas Instruments Classical Series concerts.

Reinhardt will begin her duties as Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor in September 2016, for the duration of the 2016/17 season.

"I'm delighted to join the DSO as the new Assistant Conductor, and I am looking forward to working with Jaap van Zweden,” said Reinhardt.  “This is a truly world class partnership, and I'm thrilled to become part of the DSO family."

Reinhardt was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, and recently graduated with a Master of Music degree in Conducting from The Juilliard School where she studied with Alan Gilbert. Reinhardt was recently appointed Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony for the 2015/16 season and was a Tanglewood Conducting Fellow in 2015. She is currently Associate Conducting Fellow of the Taki Concordia program under Marin Alsop and conductor of the New York City based ÆON Ensemble with whom she led a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet.

“Ruth Reinhardt demonstrates the culture of artistic maturity and musical excellence as exemplified by Jaap van Zweden and the musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,” said Jonathan Martin, President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “As new and established initiatives continue to bloom and take root, we expect Ruth will be an important catalyst of engagement and a wonderful ambassador to our audiences and to the arts community around Dallas and North Texas.”

About Ruth Reinhardt

Ruth Reinhardt began her formal musical education at the age of six studying the violin and completed her studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) with Rudolf Koelman. She began conducting in 2004, taking private lessons with Constantin Trinks, Music Director of Staatstheater Darmstadt, and from 2008 studying at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Professor Johannes Schlaefli and later in Leipzig with Professor Ulrich Windfuhr. She holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from The Juilliard School and has taken masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop and James Ross.

Reinhardt has worked as Chief Conductor of the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra and additionally worked with the Juilliard Orchestra and gave concerts with the Juilliard Lab Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall. Recent engagements include working with the Staatskapelle Halle at the ImpulsFestival where her performance of Guillaume Connesson’s Lucifer was broadcast on national German radio.

As a child Reinhardt was a member of the Children's Chorus of Saarländisches Staatstheater and opera lies at the core of her musical education. She has conducted performances of Die Fledermaus at the Leipzig University of the Arts and in June 2011 her successful performance of Dvořák’s Rusalka with the North Czech Opera Company led to an immediate engagement to conduct several performances of Weber's Der Freischütz in the following season. 

From the beginning of her career, connecting classical music with young people has been an integral part of Ruth Reinhardt’s work as a conductor. She was a Concert Fellow at The Juilliard School, giving pre-concert talks and working as a Teaching Artist. From 2013-14 she worked as Teaching Fellow for the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard, teaching chamber music and serving as Assistant Conductor to the MAP Orchestra. At the age of 17, she composed and conducted a children’s opera in her hometown, which was performed solely by children and youth of the community and surrounding areas.  During her studies in Zürich, she conducted the premieres of two children’s operas, Die Kleine Meerjungfrau, a chamber opera from the young Swiss composer Michal Muggli, and Wassilissa, a chamber opera from the young German composer Dennis Bäsecke.