Elaine Ruby


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British clarinettist Elaine Ruby came to Denmark in 2014 when she won the position of principal clarinettist in The Danish Chamber Players (Ensemble Storstrøm). She worked there for three years before moving on to very quickly establish herself as prominent chamber musician and orchestral clarinettist, in the danish music scene. She is known for her musical creativity, being a natural chamber musician, and her interest and experience in playing contemporary music .


Elaine has since worked as a chamber musician as a guest in Ensemble Midtvest, Esbjerg Ensemble, Athelas Sinfonietta and Figura Ensemble.  She works regularly as guest clarinettist (and often bass clarinettist ) with Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Danish Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 Elaine was the mentor for the talented young clarinettist Valdemar in the danish TV series "Vidunderbørn" on DR1.


One of the highlights from her performance calander was when she performed Tomas Adés' opera "Powder her Face" with the Royal Danish Orchestra (Det Kongelige Kapel) in spring 2016, which was nominated for a "Reumert" and won the opera of the year award 2016 (Årets Opera). 


Elaine’s passion for contemporary music was sparked when she made her debut solo performance in September 2012 at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, performing Boulez’s Domaines for solo clarinet and ensemble directed by Susanna Mälkki, as part of the “Esquisite Labyrinth” concert series. Her experience working in the UK includes playing in some of the major british orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.


Elaine completed her Masters in Performance degree at the Royal College of Music in July 2014 where she was delighted to receive the Stephen Trier Bass Clarinet Award. She studied for her undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music, when she was privileged to spend time studying at the Paris Conservatoire, on an ERASMUS exchange. Elaine would like to show her appreciation and to thank the Musicians Benevolence Fund, Martin Musical Scholarship fund and Mr Mark Loveday for the essential financial support kindly given to her during her studies.