Ruth Minton was born in North Staffordshire in 1988. Passionate about music from an early age, she soon decided that she wanted to pursue a career in music.
Ruth studied at Magdalen College, the University of Oxford, where she attained a BA Honours degree in Music. She was President of the College Music Society, overseeing the organisation and running of concerts and recitals. 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 has a Masters in music performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The two-year course incorporated 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.
Ruth was a member of the faculty for The Cornish American Song Institute in June 2013, teaching piano, English diction and coaching ensembles.
In August 2013 Ruth took up the position of Course Coordinator of Music at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, where she had responsibility for running the music department and teaching all aspects of the A-level music course.
Since September 2014 Ruth has been working as a freelance musician based in Staffordshire, undertaking regular performance engagements as a solo pianist and accompanist. Ruth also teaches piano and academic music, including at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire.
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.