Ruth Palmer is an accomplished violinist from Britain. She was named the “Young Classical Performer of the Year” at the Classical Brit Awards in 2007.

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Background of Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer received her music education from the Royal Academy of Music, where she achieved first class honors, the ‘Roth Prize’ for best violin final recital and the ‘Lesley Alexander Award’ for excellence.

She also studied with scholarships at Wells Cathedral School, Purcell School, Vienna’s Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst, and the Royal College of Music under Dr. Felix Andrievsky. In 2005, Ruth became the first ever recipient of the prestigious Ritterman Junior Fellowship at the RCM, having previously awarded the Mills Williams Junior Fellow in 2004.

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Achievements of Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer boasts a huge list of great achievements, that described her as “the most distinctive violinist of her generation” by Anna Picard in the Independent on Sunday. She was awarded the Classical BRIT award for her debut recording of Shostakovich with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Ruth also had also played with the English Chamber, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Sinfonia Viva, Opera North, Ulster, London Chamber, and Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields orchestras with conductors including Andre de Ridder, Vasily Petrenko, Mischa Damev, Carlo Rizzi, David Hill, and Benjamin Wallfisch.

Ruth Palmer Shostakovich
Ruth Palmer Performs Shostakovich

She had also performed in special occasions which includes the Bath Mozart, Cheltenham, Ravinia, and Edinburgh festivals, and for the LSO/BBC Radio 3 violinists series, Munich Opera House, Royal Albert Hall. In 2008, Ruth was invited to perform at the World Economic Forum. She played the World Premiere of the Sinatra Suite by Gwilym Simcock.

Ruth has also been featured in two BBC documentaries about Shostakovich and also “In Search of the Messiah”, a film about Stradivari.

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Videos of Ruth Palmer

A People’s Music Trailer – A documentary following Ruth Palmer  as she strives to master Shostakovich’s first violin concerto.


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In Search of Messiah Trailer – A documentary about Ruth Palmer’s search for a great instrument.


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Discography by Ruth Palmer

Below are the violin music recordings by Ms Kyoko Takezawa. To listen to a short music sample of the whole music set, click on the link.

1. Ruth Palmer Performs Shostakovich [CD + DVD]
2. Hidden Acoustics – Bartók and Bach
3. Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin in D Minor, BMV 1004: III. Sarabanda
4. Violin Concerto No 1 In A Minor: Violin Concerto No 1: I. Nocturno
5. Sonata For Violin And Piano Op 134: Violin Sonata II. Allegretto
6. Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin in D Minor, BMV 1004: I. Allemanda
7. Sonata For Violin And Piano Op 134: Violin Sonata I. Andante
8. Sonata For Violin And Piano Op 134: Violin Sonata III. Largo
9. Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117: II. Fuga

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Interesting Facts of Ruth Palmer

In 2007, Ruth Palmer performed with the 1729 Solomon Ex-Lambert Stradivarius at the press launch for the auction held at Christie’s. The antique violin was then auctioned at a price of US$2.7 million.

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