Elaine Ruby



British clarinettist Elaine Ruby is a well established freelance clarinettist based in Copenhagen. She came to Denmark in 2014 when she won the job of principal clarinettist in The Danish Chamber Players (Ensemble Storstrøm - ensemblet.dk ), where she worked for 3 years, before moving on to persure a career as an orchestral clarinettist, working with orchestras and ensembles in Scandinavia and in the UK.

Since moving to Denmark, one of the highlights from her performance calender was when she played Tomas Adés' opera "Powder her Face" with the Royal Danish Orchestra (Det Kongelige Kapel) in March/April 2016, which was nominated for a "Reumert" and won the opera of the year award 2016 (Årets Opera). Elaine also works as a guest player with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Royal Danish Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Esbjerg Ensemble and Athelas Ensemble. In 2017 Elaine was the mentor for young talented clarinttist Valdemar in the danish TV series "Vidunderbørn" on DR1.

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. She has since worked with some of the major british orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Aurora 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.