As part of the Young Artist tour, the South Okanagan Branch of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers Association is bringing pianist Linda Ruan to the Shatford Centre this weekend.
Ruan began studying piano at the age of seven in Shanghai, China before moving to Canada at age eight with her family, where she continued her musical studies.
In 2014, Ruan returned to China, for a solo recital tour, the highlights of which included her concerto debut with the Xinghai Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.
Outside of her solo career, Ruan competes in various ensemble competitions as a part of The Rosettes piano trio, which advanced into the international live auditions round of the seventh Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. The Rosettes will be attending the chamber residency at the Banff Centre this summer. Ruan will be attending the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto as a full scholarship student this coming fall in the studio of James Anagnoson.
Praised for a great passion and poise in her performance, Ruan has participated in many local and international music festivals and piano competitions where she has received numerous scholarships and awards.
Some of the most recent achievements include being one of two Canadian pianists to advance to the live rounds of the 2013 International e-Piano Junior Competition, along with an invitation to compete in the 2015 competition as well.
In the summers of 2012 and 2014, she was among the few pianists across Canada to be accepted into the internationally-renowned Morningside Music Bridge program, which she will be returning to in summer 2015 as well.
Ruan has given performances and recitals at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Brechemin Auditorium at the University of Washington to the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music and Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.
Ruan will be performing at the Shatford Centre at 2 p.m. on May 3. Tickets available at the door. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students.