Ruth Ehrlich


Ruth Ehrlich (violin) made her solo London debut at the age of 15 as soloist with the National Youth Orchestra performing Vaughan-Williams’ The Lark Ascending. She read music at King’s College, Cambridge and soon afterwards joined the Fairfield quartet as first violinist. The quartet broadcast frequently for the BBC and on German radio, and was the subject of a BBC documentary film, ‘Take Four Girls’.

During some years living in New York Ruth played in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and, together with the pianist Marcia Eckert, created a series of recital programmes of music for violin and piano by women composers, culminating in a recital at Weill Recital Hall in New York and a recording of the complete works for violin and piano of Germaine Taileferre.

As a member of the Britten Sinfonia she has enjoyed collaborations with a wide range of musicians, from the jazz artists Brad Mehldau and Terence Blanchard to the singer Ian Bostridge and composer Thomas Ades. Ruth can also be heard as a soloist on such diverse soundtracks as the BBC’s ‘Tales of the City, a film documenting the life of the artist Margaret Mellis, and a National Geographic programme about whales. With the group Apartment House she has performed works by Harley Gaber, Jennifer Walshe, and Christian Wolff amongst others, and is currently involved in an extensive AHRC-funded project on Indeterminacy in Music built around John Cage’s Concert for Piano.

She plays a violin made by Nicolaus Gagliano in 1772.