Desiree Ruhstrat The violin artistry of Ms. Ruhstrat has captivated
audiences throughout Europe and the Americas. A seasoned performer,
Ms. Ruhstrat made her professional debut at the age of twelve with the
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and at age 16, Ms Ruhstrat performed
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in Chicago's Orchestra Hall by
invitation of Sir George Solti.
She has worked with many renowned
conductors such as Lukas Foss, Eric Kunzel, William Smith and has
appeared as soloist throughout the US and abroad. Ms. Ruhstrat
performed in Hamburg, Göttingen, Baden-Baden and Stuttgart, with the
Philharmonia Da Camera Chamber Orchestra under the direction of
Michael Holtzel, and in Berlin where she was featured on a live radio
broadcast performing Sibelius's Violin Concerto with the Berlin Radio
Symphony under the direction of Ricosaccani. The Berlin Morning Post
proclaimed, "Her wonderchild youth years already behind, she now
stands with early maturity at the beginning of a likely brilliant
career. At the same age once upon a time such violinists as Menuhin,
Misha Elman and Schneiderhan excited the public in a similar
Ms. Ruhstrat has won numerous awards including first
prize, as well as a special award for a young performer with
extraordinary talent at the National Young Musicians Debut Competition
in Los Angeles. She became the youngest prizewinner ever at
Switzerland's Tibor Varga International Competition and also
won the award for best interpretation of the commissioned
contemporary composition. She went on to earn top prizes at the Carl
Flesch International Violin Competition, Julius Stulberg International
String Competition and the Mozart Festival Violin Competition.
active recitalist, she has appeared in Europe as well as the United
States including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, and at the
White House by invitation of President and Nancy Reagan. Ms.
Ruhstrat's distinguished career as a chamber musician includes
appearances as guest artist of the Chamber Music Series of the
Philadelphia Orchestra, the Apollo Chamber Ensemble, the Colorado
Chambers Players, Pacifica Quartet, University of Oklahoma, University
of Wisconsin and the University of Tennessee.
include the Aspen Music Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, Laurel
Festival of the Arts, the Breckenridge Music Festival, Green Lake and Utah Music
Festivals where she has also served as faculty.
Ruhstrat is a member of the
Lincoln Trio (www.lincolntrio.com) Ensemble in Residence at the Music
Institute of Chicago. She is also a founding member of the Virtuosi Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Ms.
Ruhstrat is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and her
teachers have included Joseph Gingold, Dorothy Delay, Harold Wippler
and Aaron Rosand. This season Ms. Ruhstrat recorded the Stamitz Duo
for Violin and Viola for Centaur Records .
source: Lincoln Trio website