Fourth Chair First Violin
Violinist Rui Du joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as fourthchair first violin in 2012, and was soon after appointed Acting Assistant Concertmaster. He was formerly concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and also served as associate concertmaster of the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra for two years, as well as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Rui Du also performs as the Guest Concertmaster of the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra in China.
Rui Du has won numerous violin competitions including the Grand Prix at the 2006 Canetti International Violin Competition in France. He has performed as a soloist and recitalist in concert halls throughout the world, including those in Paris, Turkey, Singapore, and Shanghai. He has also been featured as an artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Canetti Music Festival Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, and Fuzhou Symphony Orchestra, and was also soloist at the Baroque Evening Concert Series in 2011 Aspen Music Festival under the direction of Nicholas McGregan.
An avid chamber musician, Rui Du has performed with many renowned artists in the most major music festivals including Tanglewood Music Festival, Canetti International Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival, among many. He also performs regularly on the community concerts at second in Baltimore.
Rui Du received his early violin training at the middle school attached to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with ZhouBin You before accepting a full scholarship to study at the YongSiewToh Conservatory of Music in Singapore with Qian Zhou, where he was concertmaster of the school orchestra and led the orchestra through 6 seasons of performances. He was also awarded the “prestigious young people achievement award” by the National University of Singapore. After coming to the United States, Rui Du was further offered full scholarship to study with Herbert Greenberg and Victor Danchenko at the Peabody Conservatory in 2008. He received his master’s degree and graduate performance diploma.
Rui Du currently plays on a 1750 Nicola Gagliano on generous loan to him from the Rin Collection.