2018 MusiciansRuby Shirres

At age 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.

Having just completed high school in Central Victoria, Ruby is excited to finally move to the ‘big smoke’ after eight years of commuting every weekend to participate in Melbourne Youth Orchestra programs and learning under her teacher of four years, Yi Wang. Inspired by working in intensive programs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra, Ruby has developed a sincere love of ensemble playing, both orchestral and chamber. Being the Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Principal Violist in 2016 increased her interest in the possibilities of music on a personal and wider level, as a means of social change, growth and education. 

To extend herself musically, Ruby picked up violin, cello and double bass at school on top of 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. Having also been on exchange to France, Ruby loves the French language and has developed a taste for good cheese.

Musician beneficiary support generously provided by Kim Williams AM

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

Image by Pia Johnson

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