Artu duo

Ruth Marshall, cello & Garret Ross, piano

 

PHOTO: BERNARD BROCKMANN

PHOTO: BERNARD BROCKMANN

 
 
 

Now in their ninth season as Artu Duo, pianist Garret Ross and cellist Ruth Marshall are based in Saint Paul MN, and enjoy concertizing and teaching together across the United States. Highlights of the 2018-2019 season include debut performances on the Fortuna Concert Series in Fortuna CA, and the First Tuesdays Series in Washington DC, as well as a return to the Apollo Music Festival in Houston MN, where they have been ensemble-in-residence since 2013.

After forming in 2011, Artu Duo completed a winter residency course on the Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for Cello and Piano at the Banff Centre in Canada. In 2012, Artu Duo traveled to the Aldeburgh Festival in England, where they completed a residency course on the chamber music of Brahms and Schumann. These immersive experiences sparked a deep love of the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann in Artu Duo, which has been the foundational repertoire for them ever since- not only as a duo, but as a piano trio, quartet, and quintet, when joined by colleagues. From that foundation, Artu Duo also enjoys performing contemporary and rarely-heard works, especially works by Elliott Carter and Thomas Ad├Ęs.

Artu Duo has toured extensively in the United States, playing concerts in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oregon, Montana, Washington, New York, California, Minnesota, and Louisiana. In both 2013 and 2016, Artu Duo played on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, which was broadcast live on WFMT. They performed on the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in Saint Paul in 2014, 2016, and 2018. And in 2016, they gave their debut at Carnegie Hall, playing a complete program in the Weill Recital Hall.

Mr. Ross and Ms. Marshall are both committed teachers, and have enjoyed giving masterclasses and performing outreach concerts while on tour. Artu Duo community and educational performances have been presented by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival, Thursday Musical in Minneapolis, and through the Britt Festival Education and Engagement resident artists program. These performances are tailored to the developmental stage of the students, and engage listeners on topics such as form, texture, meaning and expression, and rhythm, alongside relevant musical examples. Additionally, Artu Duo has given collegiate-level masterclasses at the Apollo Music Festival, the University of Louisiana, the State University of New York at New Paltz, Indiana State University, and Humboldt State University.