MusiciansRuby Shirres

At the age of eight, Ruby was given the choice of learning violin, viola or cello. She decided to dedicate herself to the viola because she was curious, not knowing what the instrument was. It turns out that this choice was the one that changed her life, and she has loved being snuggled in the middle ever since. She is currently in her third year of training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Caroline Henbest.

Having participated in programs with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra, Ruby has fostered a love of chamber and ensemble playing, leading to three performances over the last two years in the Final of ANAM’s Chamber Music Competition and receiving the Musica Viva Prize in both years. 2020 also sees Ruby continue her passion for education alongside her colleagues Edward Wang, Phoebe Masel and Jeremy Garside, as they launch a touring workshop to schools in regional Victoria, encouraging social change, growth and education through the language of music.

To extend herself musically, Ruby picked up violin, cello and double bass at school in addition to her studies on viola. In her spare time, she enjoys taking photos, as much for the process and the experience of seeing the world through a lens, as for the final image. Ruby also enjoys baking, good cheese and riding her bike around Melbourne.


Ruby plays a Sato-Goodsell viola loaned to ANAM by the maker

Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Barry and Joan Miskin, Elise Callander, Kingsley Gee, Rosalind Price, Merilyn and David Howorth, Lesley Milburn, Tudor Bostock

Photo by Pia Johnson

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