Frans van Ruth
Frans van Ruth, initially a student of pianist-composer Hans Osieck, studied piano and chamber music with Herman Uhlhorn and Eli Goren at the Conservatoire of Utrecht. He additionally studied literature at the unitversities of Utrecht and Paris. At the Hugo Wolf Wettbewerb 1987 he was the winner of a special award for vocal accompanists. He was the co-founder of the Leo Smit Foundation in 1995 and remained the Foundation’s co-programmer and pianist until 2004. In 2007, Frans van Ruth and Doris Hochscheid founded the Stichting Cellosonate Nederland, to accommodate their activities in Dutch music. Six of their CDs with Dutch cello sonatas from 1900-1950 were lauded nationally and internationally. For their Album project, 30 composers wrote short duo pieces for children and amateurs of all ages.
In 2011 he was the co-editor of the new critical edition of the complete song oeuvre of Leander Schlegel.
Mon 26 Oct20:15Mon 26 Oct 20:15 - Grote Zaal
On July 25 2019 our friend and mentor, the unforgettable cellist Anner Bijlsma, died. The eighth Cello Biennale is the first in which Anner Bijlsma no longer looks over our shoulders, and with his critical eye warns us against overconfidence and at the same time feeds us with small and large, nonsensical and brilliant ideas […]
Wed 28 Oct20:15Wed 28 Oct 20:15 - Grote Zaal
Cellist Doris Hochscheid created a new opera in collaboration with pianist Frans van Ruth, baritone Mattijs van de Woerd and OT rotterdam’s artistic directors Mirjam Koen and Gerrit Timmers. The music was written by René Samson, Mathilde Wantenaar and Max Knigge. It examines Jacqueline du Pré’s incredible musical talent, her multiple sclerosis, public opinion and fake news. But, above all, it addresses the indignation and powerlessness of those she […]