MP3s - Ruth Rogers (violin) and Sarah Nicolls (Piano)
Elgar (1857 - 1934)
Sonata Opus 82
I: Allegro risoluto
II: Romance; Andante
III: Allegro, non troppo
Fauré (1845 - 1962)
Après un Rêve
Kreisler (1916 - 1983)
Ginastera (1916 - 1983)
Pampeana no.1; Rhapsody for Violin and Piano
Handel (1685 - 1759)
Sonata in D major, opis I no.13 HWV 371
Massenet (1842 - 1912)
Meditation from Thaïs
Kroll (1901 - 1980)
Banjo and Fiddle
British violinist Ruth Rogers began violin lessons at the age of five. In 1997 she was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London to study with Itzhak Rashkovsky, where she won many major prizes and awards. Ruth graduated in 2001 with First Class Honours and was awarded the Tagore Gold medal – the College’s highest accolade – by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Further study followed in the Netherlands with Herman Krebbers.
As a soloist, Ruth’s playing has been described as “not calculated in any sense, her performance style and technique so assured that the music flows as a natural consequence of innermost understanding. Ruth Rogers must be one of the most gifted young violinists in Britain.” (Musical Opinion.) Winner of the prestigious Manoug Parikian Award and chosen as a 2004 Young Artist by the Tillett Trust, Ruth also reached the Finals of the YCAT competition, Royal Overseas League, and the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year. She gave her London debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in 2003 and has also appeared as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall, St John’s Smith Square and many other venues.
In 2008, Ruth was appointed Co-Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She has worked as concertmaster of Britten Sinfonia, Chelsea Sinfonia, Manning Camerata, and London Strings. She also works as guest leader and co-leader with the BBC Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, City of Birmingham Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras and as guest principal second violin with the Hallé and the Philharmonia. She has led orchestras under the batons of such maestros as Lorin Maazel, Daniele Gatti, Sir Colin Davis and Sakari Oramo, and has performed concertos with the City of London Sinfonia and the City of Oxford Orchestra. She also works with the London Chamber Orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and the English Chamber Orchestra.
As chamber musician, Ruth has performed at the Aldeburgh and Bath Festivals with the Tate Ensemble and with pianist John Lill in Shostakovich’s piano quintet. She is a member of the Aquinas Piano Trio, the Iuventus String Quartet, and has appeared at the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble. Her duo with pianist Martin Cousin reached the final of the ‘Schubert and Contemporary Music’ competition 2009 in Graz, Austria.
Ruth was chosen personally by Lorin Maazel to perform with the tenor Andrea Bocelli in a series of concerts, which has led to television and radio broadcasts and further concerts worldwide at such venues as the Pyramids in Cairo, the Acropolis in Athens, and the Piazza del Campo in Siena. They performed together at the Royal Albert Hall with the English Chamber Orchestra for the Classical Brit Awards. Ruth has performed at the Brighton, Buxton, Harrogate and Warwick Festivals thanks to the Tillett Trust.
In January 2006, Ruth played to orphans, refugees, malaria patients and land-mine victims on the Thai-Burma border, and in February 2008 she went back again with a string quartet. Any profits from the release of her debut recital CD will be donated to the victims of Burma.
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