Ruth Minton was born in North Staffordshire in 1988. Passionate about music from an early age, she started piano lessons at seven and soon decided that she wanted to pursue a career in music.
In 2010, Ruth graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA Honours degree in Music. Ruth attended Magdalen College in Oxford where she was an active member of the College. She was President of the College Music Society, overseeing concerts and recitals as well as chairing the committee and taking on a number of administrative roles. Ruth held numerous piano recitals throughout her time in Oxford, in Magdalen College Chapel and Auditorium, and in the Holywell Music Rooms. Ruth was also an enthusiastic member of the Magdalen College Boat Club, both rowing and coaching.
After graduating, Ruth worked for a year at an independent girl’s school in Worcestershire, where she taught piano and theory, as well as assisting with class teaching and administration. During this time Ruth worked for a dipABRSM in piano performance, which she passed, with distinction.
Ruth attained a Masters in Music Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2013. The two-year course encouraged the development of all aspects of professional training for musicians, incorporating modules in arranging, teaching, analysis, public presentation and lecturing into the performance MA. Whilst at RWCMD Ruth was a student representative on the College Study Board and took advantage of the extensive performance opportunities available, including playing in master classes for Christian Blackshaw, Leslie Howard, Polina Leschenko, Mei Yi Foo, Louis Lortie and Paul Lewis. Additionally she attained an LRSM diploma in piano performance during her Masters as well as playing in the band for the college production of Sondheim’s ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ in December 2011 and in October 2012, during the Schubert Chamber Weekend at RWCMD, Ruth performed in three separate events and was awarded the College’s Schubert medal.
In June 2013 Ruth was a member of the faculty for The Cornish American Song Institute, teaching piano, English diction and coaching ensembles.
Ruth’s intention is to be a professional musician combining performance, lecturing and teaching. In her spare time, Ruth is an avid reader and runner. Her other interests include cinema, theatre and ballet.
Music has been a constant pleasure in Ruth’s life. Its potential for infinite possibilities has always captured her imagination; it is her hope to communicate this pure enjoyment and deep love of music to others.