Conductor Risto Joost (b 1980) has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music, received further training at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and completed postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm majoring in orchestral conducting with Prof Jorma Panula.
Risto Joost has conducted many well-known orchestras such as Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Ostrobothian Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Gдvle Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and many others. In 2006–2011, Risto Joost was the principal conductor of the Tallinn Music High School Symphony Orchestra.
In June 2007, Risto Joost made his debut in the Estonian National Opera conducting Erkki-Sven Tuur’s opera Wallenberg and since 2009 holds the permanent position of conductor. In Estonian National Opera he has conducted operas La Bohиme by Puccini, Love for Three Oranges by Prokofiev, La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart (in co-operation with the opera studio of the Estonian Academy of Music) and short ballet Pelleas and Melisande by Schцnberg and ballet 2nd Symphnony by Schumann as well as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Coppelia by Delibes, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs by Kocsбk and Manon by Massenet.
Especially notworthy contribution to the Estonian music is Risto Joost’s role as the founder and initiator of two sizable 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. In 2009, Risto Joost was elected the Conductor of the Year by Estonian Choral Society, Voces Musicales was awarded the title of the Choir of the Year and the CD Pilgrim’s Song featuring music by Arvo Pдrt performed by Tallinn Sinfonietta and chamber choir Voces Musicales was elected the CD of the Year. The afore-mentioned recording 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), conducting more than 50 premiиre performances ranging from chamber music to extensive symphonic repertoire with different orchestras.
Risto Joost has conducted the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Estonian National Male Choir RAM, State Choir Latvija, Swedish Radio Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen, the Netherlands Chamber Choir etc.
As a singer (counter-tenor), Risto Joost has performed in Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, France and the USA. His repertoire includes music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as from the 20th and 21st centuries. Latest solo performances have taken place in Steve Reich Festival in London, Vantaa Early Music Festival in Finalnd, Stockholm Early Music Festival in Sweden, Riga Early Music Festival in Latvia, Flandria festival Musica antiqua in Brugge, Belgium, festival Glasperlenspiel, Haapsalu Early Music Festival, Estonian Music Days and Nyyd Festival. He has performed with following orhestras: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, Meder Concort, Corelli Concort, Reval Ensmble (Estonia), Concerto Copenhagen (Denmark), Scotland Chamber Orchestra, Kronos Quartet (USA), Phantasm (England), B’rock (Belgium). In 2001–2002, Risto Joost was a singer in the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, from 2003 to 2009, he was involved in the vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices (artistic director Paul Hillier), 2000–2010, in Danish vocal ensemble Ars Nova. In November 2007, Risto Joost sang the leading role in Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Il Giustino with Latvian Baroque orchestra Sansara and in May 2011, Henry Purcell’s semi-opera Indian Queen with baroque orchestra B’rock (Gent).
Since 2010, he holds the position of the artistic adviser to Glasperlenspiel Festival.
From the season of 2011/2012 Risto Joost will be the principal conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir.