Ruth Crouch

Assistant Leader

Crouch, Ruth - Biography

Ruth Crouch studied with Emmanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music, after which she won scholarships to study for two years with Professor Max Rostal in Switzerland. On her return to London she joined the contemporary music group Lontano with which she toured extensively, appearing at the Proms twice, made numerous BBC recordings and several CDs.

Ruth has played with the Nash Ensemble, Schubert Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta, which she has led on several occasions, and with which she has played as a soloist. She has also made solo appearances with the London Bach Orchestra and Tiford Bach Orchestra, as well as the SCO.

She has appeared as guest leader with John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and with Flemish Opera in Antwerp. Since moving to Edinburgh as Assistant Leader of the SCO, Ruth has continued to play as a Guest Leader with orchestras such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.

She is an active chamber musician, both within the Orchestra and with other ensembles including the Chamber Group of Scotland and the Hebrides Ensemble, and teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

60 Seconds with Ruth

Why did you choose your instrument?
I chose the violin because my mum played it & I loved the sound of her practising.

What do you love most about playing your instrument?
I love playing the violin because I can express every emotion through its sound. It can sound soulful one moment & playful another- even angry sometimes.

What is it like to perform in a concert?
Performing in a concert is one of my favourite things-I particularly love the first moment of walking out on stage & feeling the excitement of the audience.