Ole Kristian Ruud has gained a reputation as a dynamic figure in Scandinavian music as well as embarking on an international career. He regularly conducts eminent symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras in the Nordic countries, Europe and the USA. Since 1990 he has also been a frequent visitor to Japan. Ole Kristian Ruud was chief conductor and artistic director of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra from 1987 until 1995, and of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden from 1996 until 1999. From 2000 to 2003 he held the position of artistic director for Norwegian repertoire with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. He has also held a professorship at the Norwegian State Academy in Music since 1999. Ole Kristian Ruud has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes including the Grieg Prize (1992), the Norwegian Critics Prize (1993), the Lindemann Prize (1994) and the Johan Halvorsen Prize (1996). He has made numerous CDs for BIS, including ongoing and acclaimed series of music by Geirr Tveitt and Harald Sæverud.