Ruth Phillips - Cello
Baroque and modern cellist Co principal of Opera Fuoco.
Founder of The Breathing Bow – a holistic approach to the cello and performance coaching.
Ruth was Born in London in 1964. With her father a painter, and her mother a music teacher and author, Ruth grew up in a Bohemian household surrounded by artists, musicians and writers from all over the world.
At the age of sixteen Ruth left the Yehudi Menuhin School to study in Dusseldorf with Johannes Goritzki whom she had met at the International Musicians' Seminar in Cornwall.
Two years later she started her professional life, playing in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In 1990 Ruth went to America where she continued her studies at the State University of New York with Timothy Eddy. There she received her Masters degree in performance.
Upon her return to the UK she became a member of Glyndebourne Touring Opera where she played for twelve years. It was then that she took up the baroque cello, working with The New London Consort, La Serenissima and the Hanover Band.
Since moving to France in 2004, Ruth has worked with the Musiciens du Louvre and the Concert d'Astrée, and is co-principal cellist of Opera Fuoco. Ruth continues to play with Garsington Opera.
Ruth has taught at Dartington Summer School, the Guildhall School of Music, European Youth Summer Music, Toulouse Conservatory, Cellos at Belle Serre and Klassik Keyifler. She is also active as a chamber musician.
Ruth has a degree in Voice Movement Therapy, which, along with her experience in yoga, mediation, improvisation and world music, has led her to specialize in helping cellists who suffer from performance stress and excess tension. She runs cello retreats from her home in the beautiful Provençal countryside. She enjoys working with everyone - amateurs, students, teachers and professionals - and her clients range from wine makers through lawyers to members of prestigious London orchestras.
“Like yoga for cellists! Ruth has a holistic approach to cello playing. Her interest in spirituality is apparent in her teaching and in the beautifully relaxed way that she plays.”
- Sophie Pearson, lawyer
"The week I spent working with Ruth in France was amazing and invaluable for a number of reasons. Surrounded by the stunningly beautiful Provençal countryside (restorative in itself) - we covered many different aspects of cello playing: Music (and a musician’s life in general), connecting the breath with the bow (‘The Breathing Bow’), translating everyday movements into cello playing, rediscovering phrasing as a combination of 'making' and 'letting' (the balance between tension and release), the process of how to practise and approach repertoire both new and familiar. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Cellists of any age and ability would, I am positive, have a huge amount to learn and enjoy.”
- Rebecca Herman, cellist Philharmonia Orchestra