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Ruta Vaivade


Ruta Vaivade is one of the most versatile pianists of her generation. She studied with Professor Teofils Bikis at the Latvian Academy of Music. She was the recipient of several scholarships which, in 2002, enabled her to complete her studies, culminating in a double Master's degree from the Prague Academy of Music, under Professor Peter Toperczer, and from Conservatorium of Amsterdam, under Professors Rudolf Jansen and Frans van Ruth. She also attended masterclasses given by Lazar Berman, Nelly Akopjan, Eugen Indjiè, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, José Ribera, Dawn Upshaw, Udo Reineman, Graham Johnson and others.

Ruta won second prize at the Mozart Competition for Young Musicians in Latvia in 1993. She also won the second prize as soloist and first prize as accompanist at the Youth Festival Competition in Braunschweig, Germany in 1991.

Her performances were broadcast on Radio Free Europe, Czech Radio Vltava, Dutch radio Classic FM and cable  channel 23  in Canada.

Currently Ruta enjoys a flourishing and versatile career. Since her first concerto appearance at the age of 14 Ruta  has performed many times as a concerto soloist with several orchestras and has given many solo and chamber music recitals. She has a particular affinity for chamber music, and in this regard Ruta has appeared in a number of highly successful international collaborations. She has performed in many countries, including Latvia, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Slovak Republic and Canada.

Her concert repertory is wide-ranging and includes works by Latvian, Czech, Dutch, Russian, French, Austrian, German, Hungarian, American and Canadian composers. She has given a number of  World Premieres.

Ruta, with ease, adapts well to all performance abilities: she accompanies opera singers, plays chamber music and even works as an orchestral musician. Her previous orchestra projects   includes  "Les Miserables", "Passion", "Beauty and the Beast", "Joseph and the  Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat"  and "Rembrandt".
Ruta Vaivade currently divides her time between both solo and chamber appearances, accompaniment, orchestral work and teaching. 

Recently in coolaboration  with soprano  Natalja Jakovleva   she released a CD featuring 20 songs of S. Rachmaninoff.

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