Ruth Reinhardt Named Music Director Of Rhode Island Philharmonic

Ruth Reinhardt

36-year-old German conductor Ruth Reinhardt has been appointed Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She will be the sixth Music Director in RI Phil’s 80-year history. Principal Conductor Robert Spano will remain in the director role through  the 2024-25 season.

Ruth Reinhardt was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, into a family of medical doctors, and studied violin and singing from an early age. She attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York as a student in the conducting class of Alan Gilbert and James Ross, where she received her master’s degree. Prior education and training was at the Zurich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste), studying violin with Rudolf Koelman and conducting with Constantin Trinks and Johannes Schlaefli. She attended master classes with, among others, Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, and Marin Alsop. Reinhardt was a Dudamel Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (2017-2018), conducting fellow at the Seattle Symphony (2015-2016) and Tanglewood Music Center (2015), and Taki Concordia associate conducting fellow (2015-2017).

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