as "America's First Lady of the Piano" (N.Y. Daily News), Ruth
Laredo has a distinguished worldwide reputation as a leading
soloist, recitalist and recording artist. While she is
particularly renowned for her pioneering recordings of the
complete solo piano music of
Rachmaninoff and the complete piano sonatas of
Scriabin, her broad
repertoire ranges from Beethoven to Barber.
For the past 16
seasons, she has created a large and enthusiastic following
for her sold-out series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
New York City, "Concerts with Commentary."
She has won high praise for her masterful playing and
discussions of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann,
Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Mozart,
Beethoven and Schubert. Her most recent series is on the music
of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Shostakovich, in a
three-concert series titled "The Russian Spirit" with special
guests Courtenay Budd, soprano and the St. Petersburg String
Her video, "Live
from the Metropolitan Museum", celebrates her unique
Rachmaninoff performances. Her latest recording is a 2-CD set
of the complete Brahms Piano
Quartets with the Shanghai Quartet, recorded on the
Arabesque Label. Her recent CD, recorded on an
authentic 1893 Bechstein Piano from the Metropolitan Museum's
instrument collection is entitled "Such
Good Friends", and highlights the personal relationships
between Brahms, Mendelssohn, and the Schumanns.
appeared in the Woody Allen film, "Small Time Crooks", which
stars Hugh Grant. In the scene, Hugh Grant tries to
impress Tracy Ullman by taking her to an important N.Y.
Concert, a piano recital in which Ruth Laredo plays music of
Noted for her
strong commitment to chamber music, Ms. Laredo frequently
collaborates with the Tokyo String Quartet, and was a founding
member of the Music from Marlboro concerts. She has
appeared with the Guarneri Quartet and the Tokyo Quartet in
Lincoln Center's Great Performers series, as well as with the
Vermeer, Shanghai, Emerson, Muir and St. Lawrence Quartets.
1996, she teamed up with jazz greats Marian McPartland and
Dick Hyman for a wonderfully inventive evening called "Three
Piano Classical / Jazz Crossover" which made its debut at
the 92nd St. Y's famed "Jazz in July" series. This
combination has become a consistent hit around the country
ever since that night.
Grammy award nominee, Ruth Laredo has been widely praised for
her recordings. She was the
first pianist ever to record
Rachmaninoff's complete solo works for CBS Masterworks,
which earned her a "Best Keyboard Artist" award from Record
World magazine, and a Grammy nomination. These
ground-breaking recordings have been re-issued on five CD's by
SONY Classical. Her historic
Scriabin recordings - the
first of the complete sonatas, have been re-issued on two CD's
by Nonesuch. She recently recorded
Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"
and Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos with her
colleague, James Tocco, on the Gasparo label. Her
all-Barber recording on Nonesuch earned her another Grammy
nomination. This season, she recorded
Ned Rorem's "Day Music" suite
with violinist Philip Setzer for Newport Classics.
She has performed
at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the Library
of Congress and the White House, and with such prestigious
orchestras as the N.Y. Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra,
Boston Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony. She has
played with the leading chamber orchestras, including the St.
Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus, and the Orchestra of St.
made a highly successful tour of the U.S. as soloist with the
Warsaw Philharmonic, culminating in a performance of the
Rachmaninoff 1st Concerto at Carnegie Hall. Prior to the
tour, she appeared with the orchestra in Warsaw for a United
Nations Day concert which was televised throughout Europe.
Her extensive tour of Russia and Ukraine, highlighted by
concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Odessa, formed part of
an extraordinary television profile about her on "CBS Sunday
In demand as an
eloquent and authoritative commentator on the arts and piano
literature, she has been a regular columnist for Piano Today
magazine, a frequent guest critic on WQXR's long-running
"First Hearing", and a Special Arts Correspondent for National
Public Radio's "Morning Edition", and she has hosted "Onstage
with Young Concert Artists" on WQXR for the past three years.
Ruth Laredo's life
and career have made her a role model for women in the arts.
Nominated for the "Woman of the Year" award by Ladies
Home Journal, she was a guest speaker at the Harvard/Radcliffe
Women's Leadership Conference at the John F. Kennedy School of
Government. She was recently chosen to give the
Commencement Day Address at Rutgers University's Mason Gross
School of the Arts.
Ruth Laredo Becoming A Musician Book", a guide for
aspiring pianists drawn from Ms. Laredo's own experiences is
available in bookstores around the country. (Publisher:
European American Music Corporation). Her work as editor
of the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes
for Piano, published by C.F. Peters International, is
Born in Detroit,
and a longtime resident of New York City, Ruth Laredo studied
at the Curtis Institute of Music with Rudolf Serkin, made her
N.Y. Philharmonic debut
with Pierre Boulez, and her Carnegie Hall orchestral debut
with Leopold Stokowski and the American Symphony. Her
N.Y. Recital debut was presented by
Young Concert Artists.
She is the proud
mother of Jennifer Laredo, who is married and lives with her
husband, the cellist Paul Watkins, in London, England.