Conductor Ruth Reinhardt was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, and is currently finishing her Master of Music degree in Conducting at The Juilliard School where she studies with Alan Gilbert. Reinhardt was appointed Chief Conductor of the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra for the 2014-2015 season. Additionally, she works with the Juilliard Orchestra and performs with the Juilliard Lab Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall. Recent engagements include working with the Staatskapelle Halle at the Impuls Festival 2012 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. She has conducted performances of Die Fledermaus at the Leipzig Universityof the Arts. 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. Currently, Reinhardt is a Concert Fellow at The Juilliard School, giving pre-concert talks and working as a Teaching Artist. In 2013-2014 she worked as Teaching Fellow for the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard, teaching Chamber music and serving as Assistant Conductor to the MAP Orchestra.
Reinhardt began musical education at the age of six on the violin and studied 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 studied at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Professor Johannes Schlaefli. She has taken masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop and James Ross.
Her studies at the Juilliard School are supported by the Bruno Walter Memorial scholarship, the Barnett Breeskin scholarship and a scholarship by the Rotary Club Saarbrücken.