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> Oratorio Terezin > About the Composer : Ruth Fazal

Born and educated in England, Ruth Fazal began her musical studies on the piano and the violin. Ruth won a scholarship to study the violin and composition at Dartington College of Arts, and from there, went on to study the violin at the Guildhall School of Music in London. After graduating with honours from the Guildhall, Ruth won a French Government Scholarship to study the violin in Paris with Nell Gotkovsky. Since arriving in Toronto in 1975, Ruth has performed with all the major orchestras in the city, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet, as well as being actively involved in many chamber music ensembles. She has been frequently heard performing on CBC radio. Ruth is currently concertmaster of all three orchestras of the Mississauga Symphonic Association, including the acclaimed string orchestra Sinfonia Mississauga, as well as concertmaster of the Elora Festival Orchestra, and The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Orchestra

Feb 2002 saw the premiere performance and recording of Ruth’s first classical composition The Seven Last Words of Christ -a concerto for spoken voice and violin with orchestra.

In November 2003, Oratorio Terezin, was given its world premiere, at The Toronto Centre for the Arts, followed by a European tour in March 2004, and a tour to Israel in May 2005. In November 2006, Oratorio Terezin was performed again in Toronto, with a children’s choir made up of children from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the New Streams Children’s Choir of Toronto. Further concerts took place in New York in February 2007, concluding with a tremendously successful performance at Carnegie Hall.

Ruth is also well known as a Christian singer/songwriter, and accomplished keyboard player. In recent years she has traveled extensively across North America as well as to Europe, Africa and Israel. Ruth has recorded 20 Cds of her songs and of her instrumental music.




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