British cellist Ruth Hallows has performed with Manchester Camerata under Gábor Takács-Nagy and Havant Symphony Orchestra as well as performing solo recitals at the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal College of Music and Cambridge University. This season, Ruth will make her debut with the Bolton Chamber Orchestra performing Elgar’s iconic Cello Concerto in E minor.
Recent graduate from the Royal College of Music and winner of both the Pendle Young Musicians Bursary Competition and the Reuben Burton Foundation Scholarship, Ruth has been given the opportunity to study with famous cellists such as Raphael Wallfisch and Gregor Horsch. She has also participated in masterclasses with Torleif Thedéen, Leonard Elschenbroich, Robert Cohen, Moray Welsh, Denis Brott, Guy Johnston and Alice Neary throughout her studies.
As a chamber musician, Ruth has performed on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, collaborated with the award-winning Sacconi Quartet performing Shostakovich’s ‘Two Pieces for String Octet’ and played at prestigious venues throughout the UK including the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. She has also toured the UK with the Arcus Quartet and performed at the Lake District Summer Music Festival and the British Isles Music Festival.
A keen orchestral player, Ruth has completed a Professional Placement Scheme with the English Chamber Orchestra as well as performing with players of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with the Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra. She also performs regularly with the London Firebird Orchestra and other musical ensembles within London.
An enthusiastic educator, Ruth has taught both in Asia and in the United Kingdom, working as a cello tutor at M.int Academy, Hong Kong, the Royal College of Music’s Teaching Service and Marie de Bry Arts Academy as well as tutoring the cello section for Imperial College Sinfonietta. Fond of working with children right at the start of their musical journey, Ruth worked as part of the Mini Sparks and Chamber Tots team at the Royal College of Music and in 2018 set up her own educational outreach project working with Primary School children. This year Ruth will be returning as Chamber and Cello Coach for the Jersey International Masterclass Series.