University of the Philippines (BM)
University of Massachusetts (MM)
Ruth Tumpalan is a violinist currently based in the greater New York City area. She recently won first place in the American Protege Piano and Strings International Competition where she was featured to perform as soloist in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Aside from this, she was also a prize winner in the Concert Artists International Competition and in the New York International Concours where she was also awarded the New York State Assembly Award. She was formerly the Assistant Concertmaster of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (the Philippine’s national orchestra) and has won national and international grants and scholarships to attend music festivals such as Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Asian Youth Orchestra where she did two summers of concert tours to several cities in Asia such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Hanoi, among others.
With full scholarship and teaching assistantship, Ruth completed her masters degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she studied with Elizabeth Chang. In graduate school, she was part of the UMass Graduate Quartet and occasionally led the Opus One (a conductor-less orchestra) as concertmaster. For her undergraduate, she finished Bachelor of Music from the University of the Philippines with cum laude distinction, where she studied with Joseph Esmilla, Arturo Molina, and Sergio Esmilla.
Ruth has performed in prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tokyo Opera City, The Esplanade, and more. She has been invited to play for dignitary events and has been featured soloist by orchestras such as the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Manila Symphony. Ruth has had the privilege of taking solo and chamber masterclasses/lessons from well known musicians such as Christoph Poppen, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and many more.
Believing that music connects people regardless of background, Ruth promotes cultural diversity in her performances whether in a small community or in big concert halls. Aside from playing the violin, it is also her passion to educate both young and old on how to play and experience playing music themselves. She did Suzuki teacher trainings under well known pedagogues — Ronda Cole, Carrie Reuning, Kimberly Meier-Sims, David Strom, and Hwang Kyung Ik. Her students have won auditions and competitions. It is her goal that her students develop the joy and appreciation in playing music while maintaining a high standard.
Her other interests include playing chamber music, traveling, and serving in her church’s music ministry.