Horn soloist ERIC RUSKE has established himself as an artist of international acclaim. Named Associate Principal Horn of The Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 20, he also toured and recorded extensively during his six-year tenure as hornist of the Empire Brass Quintet. His impressive solo career began when he won the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize in the 1987 American Horn Competition, and in 1988, the highest prize in the Concours International d’Interprétation Musicale in Reims, France. Mr. Ruske is in great demand as a teacher and clinician, and in addition to having given masterclasses at over one hundred universities and conservatories in the US, he has taught most recently at the Ionian Academy in Corfu, Greece. Mr. Ruske has recorded five discs for Albany Records, the most recent of which, Music by Three, music for horn, violin and piano, was released in 2010. He has also made the world premiere recording of the Concierto Evocativo for horn and string orchestra by Roberto Sierra, and a disc of Mozart Concerti on Telarc.
His numerous arrangements and transcriptions, including a complete edition of the Mozart Concerti, are now available from Cimarron Music. A student of Dale Clevenger and Eugene Chausow, he grew up in LaGrange, Illinois and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Joining architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, trumpeter Miles Davis and comedian Richard Pryor, Mr. Ruske was inducted into the Illinois Hall of Fame in 2007. Professor of Horn and member of the faculty at Boston University since 1990, Mr. Ruske directs the Horn Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Married to violinist Jennifer Frautschi, Mr. Ruske is the second senior artist at the Newport Music Festival, performing in his twenty-third awe-inspiring season since 1989. Last year, his son Jack was crowned national champion in the lightweight double scull final at the USA Youth Rowing Nationals. Bravo, Jack!