Acting Assistant Concertmaster
Rui Du joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2012 as 4th chair first violin, and was immediately appointed Acting Assistant Concertmaster. He was formerly Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Aspen Festival Orchestra for two years at the Aspen International Music Festival and School.
Rui Du has won numerous violin competitions including the Grand Prix at the 2006 Canetti International Violin Competition in France. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras in concert halls throughout the world, including the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Massachusetts, USA, Antalya Culture Park Hall in Turkey, Esplanade Concert Hall and Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, and the Grand Concert Hall in Shanghai. He has also been featured as an artist with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra and the Fuzhou Symphony Orchestra, and was also soloist at the Baroque Evening Concert Series in 2011 Aspen Music Festival under the direction of Nicholas McGregan.
Born in Hefei, China, Rui Du received his early training in violin performance at the Middle School attached to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music before accepting a full scholarship to study at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. Following his mentorship with Qian Zhou in Singapore, Rui Du was further offered full scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory with violinists Herbert Greenberg and Victor Danchenko in 2008.
Rui Du currently plays on a 1750 Nicola Gagliano, generously loaned by Mr and Mrs Rin Kei Mei.