• Faculty Fellows

Sebastian Ruth, violinist & violist, is Community MusicWorks's Founder & Artistic Director. A graduate of Brown University, Sebastian has been a member of the Wild Ginger Philharmonic and the Boston Philharmonic. As a member of the Providence String Quartet, he has performed in Providence, Boston, Los Angeles, Banff and New York and with members of the Borromeo, Muir, Miro, Orion and Turtle Island String Quartets with pianist Jonathan Biss and violist Kim Kashkashian.

In 2003, under the auspices of a fellowship from The Rhode Island Foundation, Sebastian participated in a two-week violin master class at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. Influential teachers include Eric Rosenblith, Rolfe Sokol, Lois Finkel, Pamela Gearhart, Mela Tenenbaum and Kim Kashkashian. During a three-month sabbatical in 2010 Sebastian immersed himself in an exploration of gypsy and klezmer traditions, including a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada.

Sebastian is the recipient of a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, recognized for “forging a new, multifaceted role beyond the concert hall for the twenty-first-century musician,” and an honorary doctorate degree from Brown University in May 2012. Starting in 2013, Sebastian has served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Yale School of Music, where he has designed and taught courses exploring the theoretical foundations of Community MusicWorks.