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Kaisa Roose

At the age of 28, Kaisa Roose (conductor) was engaged by the Royal Danish Theatre to perform a modern ballet written by Kim Helweg, Cupid and Psyche. Her success in this was a turning-point in her career and led to a three-year contract as a conductor at the Royal Danish Ballet and Opera in Copenhagen. Kaisa Roose was born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1969. At the age of six she began studying piano at the Tallinn School of Music. In 1987 she was admitted to the Estonian Academy of Music, where she studied choir conducting, taking her degree in 1992. The following year Kaisa Roose was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where she studied orchestral conducting. She completed her studies there and took her degree in 1997, and gave her debut concert with the Odense Symphony Orchestra. The same year Kaisa Roose was awarded the Grethe Kolbe Grant for promising young conductors. During her career Kaisa Roose has conducted all the Danish regional orchestras as well as orchestras in Sweden, Finland, Italy and Costa Rica. From 2000 through the following three seasons she was with the Malmö Music Theatre in Sweden. During her first season there, she premiered the contemporary Swedish opera Portrait, written by Catharina Backman and Maria Sundqvist, and conducted the musicals Kasper Hauser and Miss Saigon. In the spring of 2004 Kaisa Roose made her debut in the Baltic countries. She conducted Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite no. 1, Dvorák’s Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and Elgar’s Violin Concerto and Fauré’s Requiem with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra.