Ruth Laredo

Ruth Meckler Laredo’s astonishing piano performances caused one New York Times reporter to write, “Her hands sometimes appear to hover over the keys, a blur to the eyes if not the ears…But what hummingbird ever packed such power?“ Laredo debuted at age eleven with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She was a charter member of Music from Marlboro, joining the Vermont group on their first world tour in 1965, which included performances in Israel. In 1960 she married violinist Jaime Laredo, performing with him until their divorce in 1974. She then began a career as a soloist, distinguishing herself with premier recordings of Scriabin’s sonatas and the complete piano solos of Rachmaninoff. She began teaching master classes at both Yale and the Manhattan School of Music, among others, and performing in world tours with major orchestras. She also launched the innovative series “Concerts with Commentary” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she would discuss the lives and influences of different musicians before performing their works. She wrote the Ruth Laredo Becoming a Musician Book in 1992. In 2001, she chose not to cancel the 25th anniversary performance of her Lincoln Center debut two days after 9/11, believing in the importance of music in difficult times.

Topics: Teachers, Music, Memoirs

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Pianist and teacher Ruth Laredo, circa 1977.

Courtesy of Jennifer Laredo Watkins via Wikimedia Commons

Date of Birth

Detroit, MI
United States

Date of Death
Musician, Writer, Editor, Professor

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