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Ben Ruth Bio
Benjamin Ruth, Violin Maker
Among the most highly regarded contemporary violin makers, Benjamin Ruth was awarded gold medals for both violin and viola in the 2012 VSA international competition. Active in violin making for 40 years, his instruments have been featured by leading violin shops nationwide. Today, Mr. Ruth concentrates on working directly with musicians to create ideal instruments for demanding careers, with the help of his wife Susan. They live and work in Boston’s North Shore.
Mr. Ruth is committed to the highest standard of artistry in violin making, and is a leading participant and teacher in the Oberlin Violin Making Workshop, a highly regarded gathering where top notch makers from all over the world come together to exchange ideas and knowledge. He has also participated in similar professional development events in Europe.
A graduate of the Violin Making School of America, Benjamin Ruth received advanced training from 1979 to 1982 with Rene Morel at Jacques Francais Rare Violins. After opening a shop in his native Philadelphia, in 1989 Mr. Ruth joined Reuning & Son Violins in Ithaca, New York, specializing in restorations. He remained in Ithaca to concentrate on making violins after Reuning & Son moved to Boston in 1994. For the last twenty years, he has concentrated exclusively on producing new violins, violas, and cellos for discerning artists.
Having been awarded gold medals in three distinct VSA competitions, he has been designated “Hors Concours,” and has served as a Judge for the VSA. He also received a top prize for tone at the most recent competition of the British Violin Making Association in London.
Susan Horkan Ruth, Sales Consultant
Susan Horkan Ruth brings over two decades of experience as a string instrument sales specialist with Reuning & Son Violins, Carriage House Violins and Johnson String Instrument. With degrees in both music and business, she continues to connect with players and makers alike by traveling to both music festivals and contemporary maker exhibitions. Susan develops a relationship with each client and uses her adept talent to come to a nuanced understanding of musicians’ personal preferences, physical requirements, and playing style, in order to match them with just the right instrument. Benjamin is pleased to welcome her as Sales Consultant.