Desirée Ruhstrat


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 such renowned conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Erich Kunzel, Max Rudolf, and Lukas Foss, under whom she made her solo debut at age twelve. 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.

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.