The English Concert
Born in China, modern and baroque violinist Ruiqi Ren has appeared as a soloist in Europe, the United States, and Asia. As a baroque violinist, she has collaborated with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, La Risonanza, Vox Luminis, Bach Collegium Japan, Arcangelo, and Poland Baroque. Ms. Ren was also a featured performer and concertmaster in the very first early music CD album in Shanghai. In 2018, she was invited to perform the first six concertos of L’estro Armonico in collaboration with John Holloway and Fabio Bonizzoni in Milano, Italy. As the concertmaster, Ruiqi has led the Juilliard 415 performing “Handel in Rome”with Paul Agnew at Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Ren has collaborated with Jonathan Cohen, Paul Agnew, Masaaki Suzuki, Rachel Podger, Monica Huggett, among others. As a lover of vocal arts, Ms. Ren has been actively participating vocal productions including Dido and Aeneas, Orfeo, Hippolyte et Aricie, and The Messiah.
As the concertmaster of Shanghai’s first early music ensemble, Shanghai Camarata, Ms. Ren has been giving concerts and lectures in major halls and universities in China. In the future, Ms. Ren wishes to bring the beauty of early music to more audiences in China, as well as introducing and teaching historical performance practice to students worldwide.
Besides being an active performer, Ms. Ren is the Editor-in-Chief of the bilingual musician magazine Imparted, which aims to build a cross-cultural communicative platform through music and art. By sharing the stories of the great musicians, we aim to inspire, to encourage, to alleviate the distance between the musicians and audiences. https://www.imparted.org
As a proud recipient of a full-ride scholarship in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School. Ms. Ren also holds degrees from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Indiana University and Oberlin Conservatory.
Outside of the musical world, Ms. Ren has shown a great interest in drama and the arts. She has been visiting acting class and learning the Chinese tea arts and floristry during the summer.