Ruta Kuzmickas - pianist

Ruta Kuzmickas, was born to Lithuanian parents in Park City, Utah. Shortly afterwards, her family moved to Las Vegas, where she began her piano studies at age 6. Since moving to Portland in 2008, Ruta has attended Portland Summer Ensembles in 2010, the Duxbury Music Festival in 2011, and the Aspen Music Festival and School as a student of renowned pianist Ann Schein in 2012 and 2013. She has performed in masterclasses for esteemed pianists Arnaldo Cohen, Simone Dinnerstein, Hans Boepple, Kirill Gerstein, Nelita True, Jeffrey Kahane, and Gianluca Luisi. Ruta was selected as a Chamber Music Northwest Young Artist Fellow for the year 2010-2011 and has performed various chamber works. She has been awarded with a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States in 2011 and appeared as a soloist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient on NPR.s From the Top. Ruta was also selected as first place winner of the MTNA State Senior Division in 2012 and is now a two-time winner of the MetroArts Van Buren Concerto Competition, having performed as a concerto soloist in both 2009 and 2013. In addition, she has been recognized as a 2014 YoungArts Winner. Among her wide-spanning interests, she enjoys film, reading, and working with visual art. Ruta currently studies with Dr. Jean-David Coen and is an incoming freshman at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
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