Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat is renowned as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher across Europe and the Americas. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, and has worked with renowned conductors including Sir Georg Solti, Erich Kunzel, Max Rudolf, JoAnn Falletta, Carl Topilow, and Lukas Foss, under whom she made her solo debut at age twelve. Guest appearances include those with the Apollo Chamber Ensemble, the chamber music series of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Colorado Chamber Players. She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival and School; and the Peninsula, Breckenridge, and Utah music festivals, among numerous others.
Ms. Ruhstrat has won numerous awards including first prize at the National Young Musicians Foundation’s Debut Concerto Competition and top prizes at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, the Stulberg International String Competition, and the Mozart Festival violin competition. She was the youngest prizewinner at the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais, also winning the award for best interpretation of the commissioned composition.
A member of the Lincoln Trio, Ms. Ruhstrat has performed throughout South America, Europe, and Asia; at such domestic venues as Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center; and as part of the Ravinia Festival and the Indianapolis Symphony’s Beethoven series. The trio received a 2016 Grammy nomination. She is also a founding member of the Black Oak Ensemble, whose debut album received accolades from the Chicago Tribune, WQXR, and Fanfare Magazine
Ms. Ruhstrat serves as the string chamber music coordinator at Northwestern University and was previously on the faculty at Indiana University. In 2014 she was awarded the Illinois-American String Teachers Association Outstanding Studio Teacher Award.