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Edicson Ruiz

Born in Caracas, Venezuela

Member since 2003-09-01

Edicson Ruiz

»That I am able to be a member of this orchestra is something which makes me very grateful to life, to God or to fate; it’s a continuous stream of positive energy that carries me along through life, inspires me and shows me doors waiting to be opened. I admire this orchestra for constantly tackling different musical styles and trends. I enjoy the daily contact with so many top musicians – I enjoy learning from their experiences.«

He describes the double bass as his own personal instrument, ideal for expressing his dreams and emotions. Edicson Ruiz first learned to play it with Félix Petit in his native Caracas; later, in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy, he studied with Klaus Stoll and Janne Saksala. He was just 16 when he made his solo debut with the Simón Bolívar National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, having begun his orchestral career in 1996 as principal bass in Venezuela’s youth philharmonic orchestra. He became a member of the Simón Bolívar orchestra in 1999 and of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2003. Ruiz has played in premieres of works by composers including Heinz Holliger, Arturo Panatleón, Paul Desenne, Efrain Oscher, György Kurtág and Blas Emilio Atehortúa. He takes part in a wide variety of chamber-music projects with, among others, Heinz Holliger and Friends and the Sociedad Filarmónica Madrid-Berlin. For peace and reinvigoration Edicson Ruiz turns to nature, in which – in a way similar to playing the double bass – he can reconnect with himself.

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