Prize-winner of the Malko Conducting Competition 2015 and Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2012, Risto Joost has gained widespread recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on concert stage. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to the most challenging works of contemporary composers. Since 2009 Joost is Conductor of the Estonian National Opera, Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra from 2013 and Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir from 2015/16 and from spring 2016 Artistic Director of Tallinn Philharmonic Society and Birgitta Festival.
Within short time Risto Joost has conducted many internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, MDR Leipzig Symphony, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, NorrlandsOperan Orchestra, Gävle Symphony, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Vaasa City Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Youth Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra and the Macao Orchestra. He has also been working a number of esteemed vocal ensembles such as the RIAS Kammerchor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, SWR Vokalensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
In the 2016/2017 season, new challenges await Risto Joost in front of Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filharmonica della Fenice and Württembergisches Kammerorchester, while work continues with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, SWR Vokalensemble/SWR Symphony Stuttgart, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. In addition, a concert tour with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will also take place in China. At the Estonian National Opera, Risto is conducting Gounod’s opera “Faust” and Verdi’s operas “La traviata” and “Aida”, while he is also the Music Director for the new production of “The Marriage of Figaro” premiering at the same theatre. The current season is the first one for Risto Joost as the Creative Director of the Birgitta Festival and as the head of Tallinn Philharmonic Society.
His operatic repertoire includes Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”, Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”, Verdi’s “La traviata”, Puccini’s “La bohème” and “Tosca”, Bizet’s “Carmen”, Gounod’s “Faust”, Bellini’s “Capuleti e I Montecchi”, “Wallenberg” by Erkki-Sven Tüür and ballets, such as Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, MacMillan’s “Manon”, Edur’s/Aints’ “Modigliani – the Cursed Artis” and others.
Risto Joost is one of the founders of Kamber, an Estonian artistic company which is focused on modern music theatre performance. He is also a co-founder of Baltic Studio Lirico, an international training programme for young opera singers. In 2011, Risto Joost was awarded the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Estonian Republic and in 2016 he is the winner of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia Music Prize for artistic activities.
Risto Joost has studied orchestral and choral conducting as well as singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and received further training at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2008, Risto Joost graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with a Masters Degree, majoring in orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula.