After many years performing as a musician, and subsequent conducting studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Sibelius Academy, Ole Kristian Ruud made his conducting debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985. He quickly established himself as a guest conductor with all the Norwegian symphony orchestras.
Ole Kristian Ruud was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Trondheim Symphony Orchestra from 1987-1995. He was Chief Conductor of Norrköping Symphony Orchestra from 1996-1999, and Artistic Director of Norwegian repertoire for Stavanger Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2003. In 2006-2012 he was in the post of Artistic Director of the the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces.
In Scandinavia Ole Kristian Ruud regularly conducts the Oslo- and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras, Trondheim- and Stavanger Symphony Orchestras, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Swedish Radio, Norrköping Symphony, Lahti Symphony and Stockholm Chamber Orchestras. He has also guested orchestras in France, Spain, England, USA and Japan.
Ruud has regularly guested the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra since his debut in Tokyo in 1990. He has also on numerous occasions toured with orchestras in Japan and Europe. With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra and Jeunnes Musicales World Youth Orchestra, he has guested such cities as Vienna, Berlin, Praha, Budapest, Madrid, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Ole Kristian Ruud has made several CD-recordings with Oslo- and Bergen-Philharmonic, Trondheim-, Stavanger- and Norrköping-Symphony Orchestras. He has made a series of recordings of Norwegian composers for BIS recording company, which have received fantastic reviews in the international music press. These include recordings of Geirr Tveitt and Harald Saeverud with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and Edvard Grieg with Bergen Philharmonic.
Since 1999 has Ruud has been Professor of Conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Many of his students have started a professional conducting career, and are doing important work in the Scandinavian music scene. Since 2003 Mr. Ruud has been Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra (Ungdomssymfonikerne).