Recognized as a “standout” by the Seattle Times, cellist Ruth Marshall enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral player, and teacher across the United States.
After earning undergraduate degrees in Comparative History of Ideas and Music Theory & History at the University of Washington, she earned a Master of Music and Certificate in Performance from DePaul University. While a graduate student, she was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Ms. Marshall has been principal cello of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra since 2013. She has been featured on the organization’s “Around the Town” chamber music outreach series, and made her solo debut with the orchestra in the 2017-2018 season, playing Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme.” Since 2014, Ms. Marshall has been a member of the Britt Festival Orchestra, playing an annual three-week summer season in Jacksonville, OR. She has played as an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, and as a guest musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater, and Intermountain Opera. She has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble Society of New York City, and on the DePauw University Faculty Recital Series.
Ms. Marshall made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2016, playing a full recital at Weill Recital Hall with her duo partner, pianist Garret Ross. Performing under the name “Artu Duo,” Ms. Marshall and Mr. Ross have concertized in the United Kingdom and across North America, including two performances on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago IL, which were broadcast live on WFMT. Upcoming highlights of the 2018-2019 season include debut performances on the Fortuna Concert Series in Fortuna, CA, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning Series in Queens, NY, and the Tuesday Concert Series in Washington DC. Since 2013, Artu Duo has been the ensemble-in-residence at the Apollo Music Festival in Houston MN.
In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Marshall joined the Mill City String Quartet, based in St. Paul, MN. In the 2018-2019 season, they will once again be in residence with Minnesota Public Radio as “Class Notes Artists,” working with public school music students throughout the area.
Ms. Marshall is a committed and engaged cello teacher. She has been an instructor at Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, and DePaul University, and has been on the faculty of the Butler University Strings Scholars Camp, the Illinois Wesleyan University Cello Camp, and the Marrowstone Summer Music Festival. She has given guest master classes at Indiana State University, University of Louisiana, Millikin University, the State University of New York at New Paltz, Montana State University, the Apollo Music Festival, and has been a Fellowship Mentor at the Britt Festival.
In her spare time, Ms. Marshall is a yoga practitioner, teacher, and student, a casual runner, an avid reader, and a novice knitter. She is a recent transplant to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband.