Meet the Musicians

Meet the Musicians

Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!

Ruth Valente Burgess

Ruth Valente Burgess

Principal, The Vincent de Frank Chair

Colleges attended: Indiana University, Musik Hochschule Freiburg (Germany), New England Conservatory
Most influential musical teachers: Janos Starker, Tsyoshi Tsutsumi, Adriana Contino, Natasha Brofsky, Donna Davis, Phyllis Kline
First Season with the MSO: 2008-2009
Teaching Positions: private studio, Suzuki teacher
As a Chamber Musician: Notable achievements: toured internationally with the Schleswig- Holstein Orchestra Academy , attended many summer music festivals
MSO Community Involvement: CAPA, Tunes and Tales

 

FUN FACTS!


Describe your family and pets: I live with my husband Chris, who is also a musician, and we have two orange cats, Archie and Ginny
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go: England and Wales
Favorite hobby: reading and knitting
Age you started your instrument: 6
What inspired you to make music your career: My parents always encouraged me to find a career that would be fulfilling and I have always loved making music.
Favorite book, movie, or TV show: Harry Potter books and movies
Most embarrassing moment on stage: I fell on my face walking up the stairs to the stage at a piano recital in high school.
Favorite piece of music: anything by the folk band Harpeth Rising